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State Police investigating I-95 crash in Caroline

Traffic on Interstate 95 was backed up for more than an hour in Caroline County today when a truck driver suffered a medical condition and ran off the road.

Virginia State Police Trooper J.P. Cleary responded to a single vehicle crash shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday near the northbound 101.6 mile marker on I-95.

According to Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the State Police, the crash occured when the driver of a 2011 Freightliner Tractor-Trailer ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

The tractor-trailer landed on the passenger side blocking all of the northbound travel lanes, Molnar said.

All northbound lanes were closed for about an hour and traffic was able to pass on the left shoulder.

At the time of the crash, the tractor-trailer was fully loaded with canned soup and broth, some of which had spilled out of the top of the trailer and onto the right shoulder, Molnar said.

The 49-year-old driver of New Jersey and passenger suffered minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to VCU Medical Center. Both were wearing their seatbelt, he said.

At approximately 1:20 p.m., the two left lanes were reopened to traffic. Clean-up will take  an extra two hours as crews move the tractor-trailer upright and remove the spilled contents from the road, Molnar said.

The traffic was backed up about three miles to the Doswell exit.

The crash is under investigation.

–Portsia Smith

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