A fog and an icy pavement are causing an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and a chartered bus on an interstate highway in Virginia early Sunday, which sent dozens of people to hospitals in the region, according to officials.
The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 am near Interstate 64 mile 100, approximately 25 miles west of Charlottesville. Volunteer firefighters from Crozet said on Facebook that the multi-vehicle crash involved a semi-trailer, a charter bus and several others.
"Several victims have been transported to hospitals in the area," said fire officials.
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Officials from Augusta County said on Facebook that 27 people involved in the accident were in need of medical care and were not in danger of death, and had been transported to hospitals in the region. after the accident.
A photo released by the Virginia State Police shows that the accident split the truck semi-trailer in two, creating debris on the roadway. A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police told CBS19 that the truck had rolled across the pavement after being hit by the chartered bus, which could not be avoided .
After hitting the truck, the chartered bus involved in the accident went off the road and stopped along the railing.
The front of the charter bus was seriously damaged during the crush of photos released by Virginia officials. The drivers of the bus and semi-trailer were among 15 people transported to the UVA medical center, where one person is listed in critical condition, according to CBS19.
Following the accident between the bus and the semi-trailer, officials said there were seven other minor accidents in the area. Images of the scene showed a vehicle overturned in the middle part of the road and another damaged in the front of the vehicle.
The accident closed both directions of the highway for several hours, and the state police savvy drivers Cross the Blue Ridge Mountains on Sunday to slow down when crossing the area. Fog and ice were apparently the cause of the previous accident.
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The Baltimore / Washington National Weather Service had issued a winter weather advisory until 11 am Sunday for areas of the Shenandoah Valley above 2,000 feet due to the presence of freezing drizzle.
"The freezing drizzle even seems to travel to the bottom of the valley for some areas of the winter weather advisory," the agency said. "Be careful when driving this morning, especially around I-81 and I-64 in the valley."
Shenandoah National Park stated that parts of Skyline Drive must be closed due to ice.
"Winter weather forecast for motorists traveling in the Blue Ridge Mountains and at high altitude near the mountains: freezing drizzle and fog are reported in these areas," said the Virginia Department of Transportation. m said. "Motorists must drive with extreme caution."
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According to the NWS Weather Prediction Center, the humidity of a coastal storm off North Carolina is expected to move northward into an area where the "air mass is much colder" , as in the Shenandoah Valley Sunday, and freezing rain and drizzle in parts of the northeastern interior by Monday.
"We have this storm attacking parts of the mid-Atlantic coast," said Rick Reichmuth, chief meteorologist for Fox News, in the newspaper "Fox & Friends." "It's a very strong coastal storm. It's a very turbulent ocean situation that will erode beaches. "
Reichmuth announced on Monday that the storm would be "very slowly" to the north.
"All day today, tomorrow and tomorrow evening, we will see rain, we will see ice, and we will see a little snow of what will total," he said. said.