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Locust Grove woman hospitalized after I-95 accident
CORRECTION: The Kia Optima was in the right lane, not the left lane as the initial report said.
A Locust Grove woman was sent to Mary Washington Hospital Thursday afternoon after a traffic accident that backed up Interstate 95 for several miles, Virginia State Police said.
The crash on southbound I–95 near Exit 133 in Stafford County resulted in the closure of all three southbound lanes for about 45 minutes, from 3:57 p.m. until 4:41 p.m. Traffic was diverted to the left shoulder during that time.
State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler said a 2012 International tractor-trailer collided with a Kia Optima in the right lane. The trailer, which had been traveling in the center lane, was attempting to change lanes when it collided with the car, police said.
The Kia spun in front of the tractor-trailer, and both vehicles came to a stop in the center lane, Tyler said.
The tractor-trailer driver, James Parker, 43, of King George County was charged with an improper lane change, Tyler said. He was also cited for having defective brakes on the tractor-trailer.
Tyler said the Kia driver, a 30-year-old woman from Locust Grove, was sent to the hospital, but he would not describe the extent of her injuries.