Bomb squad investigates suspected explosives on I-64 in James City County after police pursuit, crash

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Aug 08, 2021

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. - Multiple units including a bomb squad responded to a crash on I-64 westbound Saturday after reports that there were explosives in one of the vehicles.

State Police say they were informed of a vehicle being pursued by other agencies.

Around 1:43 p.m., crews were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on I-64 WB around the 244-mile marker. State Troopers arrived on the scene shortly after.

One person was taken to Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg.

At some point during the incident, officials were told there could be explosives in one of the vehicles.

The decision was then made to get EOD teams on the scene. The Newport News Fire Department bomb squad arrived at the scene, as well as a bomb-sniffing K9 from State Police. An FBI bomb specialist also arrived on the scene to assist.

The K9 did not find anything in the vehicle and the EOD team cleared the vehicle.

VSP took over the scene and began investigating the crash. State Police charged 34-year-old Justin Hughes, of Urbanna, with driving under the influence of drugs and reckless driving.

Units from the James City County Police Department and the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety also assisted in the response, according to JCC Fire Department Assistant Chief Robert Craft.