Tractor-trailer driver killed in Chesterfield crash

Tractor-trailer driver killed in Chesterfield crash
A man has died following a tractor-trailer crash that shut down parts of Iron Bridge Road and Route 288 on Sunday. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia man has died following a tractor-trailer crash that shut down parts of Iron Bridge Road and Route 288 on Sunday.

Virginia State and Chesterfield police both received a call to the area around 11:38 a.m. Officers said a tractor-trailer was driving in the right lane, heading southbound on Route 288. The tractor-trailer swerved into the left lane to avoid a slow-moving vehicle in the right lane. Police said the tractor-trailer then lost control, went through the guardrail, struck a brick wall, and fell off the overpass onto Iron Bridge Road.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died due to his injuries. State police are in the process of notifying his family.

Police identified the driver as Ray J. Townsend, 56, of Pamplin.

The tractor-trailer was empty at the time of the crash.

As of 6 p.m., the eastbound right lane of Iron Bridge Road is still closed. Earlier, all eastbound lanes of Iron Bridge Road and all southbound lanes of Route 288 were closed.

Virginia State Police are investigating and are receiving help from Chesterfield police and fire and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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