Service Safety Patrol driver pinned in crash while responding to disabled vehicle near MMMBT

Posted at 5:02 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 05:02:31-05

SUFFOLK, Va - A Service Safety Patrol driver was pinned in a crash while responding to a disabled vehicle in the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT) on Sunday.

Around 8:30 p.m., the Virginia State Police was called to investigate a motor vehicle accident on I-664, one mile south of the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT), involving the Service Safety Patrol (SSP).

The investigations revealed that SSP stopped a disable vehicle in the northbound lanes to give assistance.

The driver, Deonte' R. Mason, had exited his vehicle, a Ford F250, walked to the back of his truck as required by policy to ensure his amber lights were on, and was in the process of walking on the right side of his truck (between the truck and the jersey wall) in order to approach the disabled vehicle.

Police said Mason was at the front right tire of his Safety Service Patrol vehicle when it was struck in the rear by a 2016 Cadillac CTS4, causing the SSP vehicle to be pushed into Mason pinning him between his truck and the jersey wall.

Mason was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the Cadillac, Andre Brown, was charged with reckless driving, failure to yield right of way.