A flatbed tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of an SUV, triggering a fiery five-vehicle crash late Wednesday morning that killed two people and hurt two others, police said.
At about 11 a.m., traveling west on Interstate 64 near Keswick and mile marker 128, truck driver James J. Nagy, 50, of Bangor, Pennsylvania, failed to brake in time to avoid a Nissan Pathfinder as traffic slowed for an earlier crash, said state police Sgt. G.L. Miller, the supervising officer at the scene.
The Pathfinder smashed into a Lincoln Town Car, which was then struck by the tractor-trailer and caught fire, killing Vicki L. Shields, 70, of Palmyra, police said.
A Chevrolet Suburban ran off the left side of the highway and overturned after being hit. That vehicle then struck a second tractor-trailer. A man riding in the back seat of the Suburban was thrown from the vehicle and died later at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Authorities declined to identify him pending notification of family.
The driver of the Pathfinder, Kelsey A. Lesslick, 24, of Zion Crossroads, was seriously hurt and flown to the Medical Center.
The driver of the Suburban was unhurt. His wife was treated for minor injuries.
Police said Nagy was not hurt. Authorities charged him with reckless driving.
The wreck shut down both lanes of I-64 west in the area for about four hours and backed up traffic for three miles. The lanes reopened shortly after 3 p.m.