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City man charged in I-95 crash involving state police cruiser, VDOT vehicle

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A Fredericksburg man was charged with reckless driving early Thursday after a quick succession of three crashes at one Interstate 95 spot on a snowy morning in Northern Virginia.

The series of isolated incidents involved a Virginia State Police cruiser and a Virginia Department of Transportation safety patrol vehicle, both of which were hit. No life-threatening injuries were reported in the crashes.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said troopers responded to many other weather-related crashes in the early morning hours while snow fell in the region.

At about 8:30 a.m., Virginia State Trooper J.A. Dixon was handling a three-vehicle accident on southbound I-95, near exit 150 in Prince William County, according to Geller. The VDOT safety patrol vehicle also responded to the scene. No one was injured in that crash.

Then, at 8:34 a.m., a Nissan Frontier ran off the interstate and hit the trooper’s cruiser and two of the three vehicles involved in the first incident. The trooper was in the cruiser when the Frontier hit it. The trooper and the driver of the Frontier were eventually taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Within minutes of that second crash, the third one happened.

Police said a Ford Ranger was making a lane change when the driver, Fredericksburg resident Robert Craig, lost control and slid into the VDOT truck, which hit the VDOT worker, who’d been standing near the vehicle. The Ranger also hit the cruiser.

The VDOT worker was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Craig, 65, was not injured.

Police did not mention any charges or causes related to the first two crashes.

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