Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Monday crash shut down Route 3 in Spotsylvania more than 4 hours
UPDATE (12:41): The crash that closed westbound State Route 3 Monday night sent one person to the hospital and led to a diesel fuel leak, according to Kathy Smith, Spotsylvania County spokeswoman.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler said the crash happened at about 7 p.m. when a Honda CRV pulled from a side road onto the highway and was hit by a tractor-trailer.
The CRV driver, Jae M. Lee, 20, was charged with failing to yield right of way, Tyler said.
Lee was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A gas tank on the tractor-trailer was damaged in the crash, which led to the spillage. Spotsylvania fire and rescue crews and a representative with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management initially helped with the fuel leak. A HAZMAT cleanup contractor eventually came and cleaned the spill from the roadway.
Spotsylvania Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management crews, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation responded to the incident, helping secure the scene and direct traffic.
Both lanes of westbound Route 3 were closed until about 11:30 p.m.
A crash between a tractor-trailer and a Honda SUV Monday night clogged westbound State Route 3 in Spotsylvania from just after 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., according to Virginia State Police.
There didn’t appear to be any serious injuries in the crash, but there was a hazardous materials response, which is likely what caused the long clean-up of the scene, said Corinne Geller with the state police.
She didn’t have all of the details of the crash, but said the HAZMAT response probably was for a ruptured gas tank and spill. She also said there were no reports of anyone being taken to the hospital.
The crash happened near Wesley Drive.
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