Updated, 4:40 p.m.: On a wet Tuesday morning, I-95 in Prince William County proved treacherous, claiming the lives of two people and injuring several others, including one driver Virginia State Police say was driving too fast for the conditions and has been charged.
The first wreck occurred about 4:30 a.m. at mile marker 154. A Ford E350 Econoline van, holding nine male passengers and owned by Selective Demolition and Hauling in Gaithersburg, was in the southbound lane when the driver lost control of the van, according to Virginia State Police. The van ran off the highway, hit a guardrail and flipped over at least two times, police say, coming to rest on its side.
Job J. Diaz-Lemus, 29, of Gaithersburg has been charged with reckless driving. He was wearing a seat belt. A state police officer determined that Diaz-Lemus was driving too fast for the wet conditions.
The van, according to police, was traveling from Gaithersburg to Richmond.
Three passengers were ejected from the van, and one of them died at the scene. The other two were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Five other passengers and the driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to Sentara Potomac Hospital for treatment.
Police say one passenger was not injured and refused treatment.
Police identified the man who died at the scene as Marciso A. Campos, 43, of Alexandria. A message left at Selective Demolition and Hauling was not immediately returned Tuesday.
In the second wreck, at 7:45 a.m, three vehicles were involved in a “chain-reaction” crash just south of the exit for Dale City, exit 156, according to state police. The wreck took place in the northbound lanes, and one motorist was killed.
The northbound lane was closed until about 9:45 a.m. At least one other person has been taken to Sentara Potomac Hospital, police say. State police plan to release more details about the accident later Tuesday, according to police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
This post has been updated since it was first published.