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Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 08/08/2011

I-95 North reopens after crash

All lanes of Interstate 95 North have reopened in Lorton following a fatal early morning tractor-trailer crash and fire that closed the roadway for hours, according to Virginia State Police.

HOV lanes are open and restrictions have been lifted to try to alleviate the significant traffic delays in the area.

A tractor-trailer loaded with produce was heading northbound on I-95 shortly before 2:15 a.m. Monday, police said, when it rear-ended a Virginia Department of Transportation truck in a construction zone.

The crash ruptured one of the tractor-trailer’s fuel tanks and sparked a fire, which fully engulfed the tractor-trailer, according to police.

The driver of the tractor-trailer died at the scene, police said. Authorities are notifying his next of kin, so his name has not been released.

The VDOT truck was unoccupied at the time of the crash. But a VDOT worker who was standing nearby suffered minor injuries after he jumped over a jersey wall to avoid the crash, police said.

Crews are cleaning up the debris that covered the roadway so that it can be fully reopened, police said.

By  |  07:25 AM ET, 08/08/2011

 
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