Holiday travelers returning home slowed by accidents in Newport News, New Kent

Posted at 5:24 PM, Dec 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-02 05:48:24-05

Drivers headed westbound on Interstate 64 Sunday ran into some major traffic delays.

“I went on 64 and all of a sudden, I see this backup so when I was passing by I saw all these accidents. It was one after another. It was all backed up,” said Gail Montigue.

For Karen Rose, the holiday trip that usually takes her 6 hours lasted 8 hours but didn’t discourage her for too long. “It is great to be home. It is great to be back in Virginia,” said Rose.

According to a spokesperson with the Virginia Dept. of Transportation, a two car crash in New Kent caused a 20 mile backup starting at mile marker 215: from New Kent to York County. The  car involved in the crash was moved to the left shoulder.  Drivers were advised to use Route 60 west as an alternate.

In Newport News, an accident caused traffic to back up for at least five miles, according to state police.  An armored currency truck overturned on I-64 west, one mile east of Fort Eustis Boulevard, blocking both travel lanes.  It happened around 10:30 a.m.  The driver and passenger were not injured.  The driver was charged with following too close.