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Southbound I-95 drivers challenged all afternoon, evening

Drivers heading south on Interstate 95 through Stafford County Monday faced a nightmare getting to their destinations.

The trouble started about 3 p.m. when an auto accident closed the southbound left and middle lanes of I-95 at mile marker 140.

Then giant potholes were discovered about seven miles away at Exit 133. Those needed immediate attention and were repaired as the afternoon rush came out of Washington and other points north such as Quantico. That work closed two southbound lanes in southern Stafford near the Falmouth interchange.

Four or five potholes, ranging in size from 1-foot to 5-feet in diameter, appeared in the right travel lane and an acceleration lane at the exit to Falmouth/U.S. 17, said Tina Bundy of VODT. That area is part of the bridge over U.S. 17.

Then through the evening, other incidents were reported between the Stafford-Prince William line and Falmouth.

An accident involving a commuter van and a large duty truck occurred about 6:30 p.m. and closed all three southbound lanes of I-95 at mile marker 140. Traffic was allowed to pass using the shoulder, a dispatcher said. She could not provide additional information. Attempts to reach the state police spokesman were unsuccessful.

The roadway reopened about 7:30 p.m.

-Katie Thisdell and Pamela Gould

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