Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Truck driver charged in rush-hour I-95 crash in Stafford
The Virginia State Police charged the driver of a box truck they said veered across two lanes on Interstate 95 and hit a Toyota Prius at the height of rush hour on Tuesday.
“Fatigue appears to be a factor,” said Sgt. Les Tyler with the state police.
Just after 5 p.m., the empty 2004 International box truck was traveling south in the right lane about two miles north of the Centreport Parkway exit in Stafford when it veered through the center lane and struck the Prius in the left lane, according to Trooper J.W. Palmer’s report.
Both vehicles ran off the left side of the interstate. The truck hit the guardrail and overturned in the median.
The Prius driver, 64-year-old Harold A. Metheny, and his wife, 61-year-old Carla Metheny, were taken to Mary Washington Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Tyler said. Both of the Spotsylvania residents were wearing their seat belts.
The truck driver, 50-year John Vince Diacatos of North Carolina, also was taken to Mary Washington for non-life-threatening injuries. He was wearing his seat belt.
Diacatos was charged with reckless driving.
Two lanes were closed while the scene was cleared.
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