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Truck driver dies, firefighter hurt after early morning I-64 crash in Hampton

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Posted at 4:58 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 08:49:02-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Virginia State Police troopers are investigating a two-vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality early Monday morning.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m., in the eastbound lanes of I-64, west of Hampton Roads Center Parkway near exit 261 in Hampton.

The vehicles involved were a tanker truck and a passenger vehicle.

Preliminary investigations by police revealed that a male driver and female occupant were traveling on I-64 when their 2003 Ford Taurus broke down, becoming disabled on the right shoulder, west of the Hampton Roads Center Parkway.

Around 2:30 a.m., the driver of a 2012 Kenworth tanker truck ran off the roadway, striking the Ford sedan on the shoulder and pushing it into the wooded area. After impact with the sedan, the tanker truck overturned into the wooded area, entrapping and killing the male adult driver, State Police said. He was later identified as 60-year-old Michael Tyron Terrell.

Hampton Fire and Rescue were called to the scene to extract the driver. During the extraction, a Hampton firefighter was injured and had to be transported from the scene.

The male and female occupants of the sedan were taken to Riverside Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to State Police.

It took several hours to extract the deceased driver from the cab of the tanker and police said identification of the driver has not been made by the medical examiner's office.

Police said it is unknown at this time the reason why the driver ran off the roadway for the investigation is still ongoing.

Troopers were on scene investigating and lanes were shut down for for a few hours Monday morning.