Police identify driver killed after 2 tractor-trailers crash on I-64

Driver dies after 2 tractor-trailers crash on I-64

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A tractor-trailer truck driver died on scene after being entrapped in a crash Wednesday afternoon on I-64 near the I-295 interchange.

Virginia State Police identified the driver as Nathaniel S. Smith, 63, of Richmond

The crash involved two tractor trailer trucks around 12:30 p.m. and closed some travel lanes in both directions.

The other driver, Burkhon Yusubov, sustained minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.

"I'm the luckiest man right now,” Yusubov said.

Yusubov is a walking miracle following the deadly crash involving two tractor-trailers on the busy Henrico highway.


Virginia State Police said the driver of a Volvo tractor, hauling an empty trailer, was traveling eastbound in the right lane and then changed to the center lane.

“At that time another vehicle was slowing in front of him,” Virginia State Police said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. “To avoid hitting that vehicle, the driver locked his breaks forcing the trailer to jack-knife to the left and the cab of the truck striking the bridge pillars.”

Yusubov was driving a Freightliner hauling roughly 14,000 pounds of air-conditioner parts and had to veer to the left striking the Volvo tractor.

"He just jack-knifed and dragged me to the left with him and we hit the bridge," Yusubov said.

Both tractor-trailers ended up perpendicular to one another. Yusubov's 18-wheeler was pinned underneath the Volvo tractor.

“Saw that my windshield was pretty much on my head and I was just hoping I could open my eyes again,” Yusubov said.

Yusubov remained on scene watching as first responders used heavy equipment to try and reach the other driver who was trapped inside.

Police said the driver of the Volvo was not wearing his seat belt and died. He has not yet been identified.

"I wish it didn't happen,” Yusubov said. “That we would be both going our ways, but I'm just very sorry."

Police said Yusubov was wearing his seat belt and was checked out at the scene.

“I can walk, I can move everything,” he said. “Nothing is broken. I have a few scratches but I’m really really lucky.”

As authorities work to clean up the mess and complete the investigation, Yusubov is focused on getting back to his family which includes a 1-month-old baby.

“I’m the luckiest man alive and I just want to get back to my wife and my kid just to hug them,” he said.

The crash remains under investigation.

No charges have been placed at this time.


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