Tractor-trailer driver charged in crash that causes diesel, cargo spill

The ramp from I-295 south to I-64 east is closed in eastern Henrico due to an overturned...
The ramp from I-295 south to I-64 east is closed in eastern Henrico due to an overturned tractor-trailer. (Source: RNN)
Published: May. 26, 2018 at 1:15 PM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2018 at 4:09 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A tractor-trailer driver is facing charges after police say he lost control on the ramp from Interstate 295 south to Interstate 64 east in eastern Henrico County.

Virginia State Police say Richard Carlton Griffin Jr., 39, of Fredericksburg, was driving a 2013 Kenworth tractor when he took the exit from I-295 south to I-64 east around 7:38 a.m. on Saturday. While he was going up the ramp, his load shifted, forcing him to lose control. According to police, he then ran off the road and struck the guardrail. As a result, the tractor-trailer overturned, leaving a diesel leak and cargo spill.

Henrico Fire and EMS and the Virginia Department of Transportation crews were able to contain about 75 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto the road. Fire crews say the cargo is not hazardous after conducting an investigation.

Griffin was not injured in the incident.

Police are considering speed as a factor in this crash. Griffin was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control.

The ramp has since reopened, but the crash is still under investigation.

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