Dump truck driver dies after fiery crash on I-64 in Newport News

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 21:39:27-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The driver of a dump truck died after the truck burst into flames in a crash on I-64 in Newport News Thursday afternoon.

The crash involved a dump truck and happened in the eastbound lanes of I-64 between Fort Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. west of the Denbigh overpass around 1:30 p.m.

Virginia State Police say the driver of a 2017 Peterbuilt dump truck ran off the road and hit the jersey wall, causing the truck to ignite into a large explosion, which resulted in the death of the driver.

The male driver was burned so badly he could not be recognized, State Police say.

The dump truck was loaded with sand at the time of the crash, and debris from the truck and the sand affected westbound traffic. The eastbound lanes of traffic were shut down for several hours.

The medical examiner will identify the driver through dental records.

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