Part of I-66 in Warren County closed after fatal accident

Virginia State Police was investigating a fatal crash involving a tanker truck Friday morning on Interstate 66 in Warren County.

The crash closed all westbound lanes of I-66 near the Linden exit at Route 79 as of mid-morning Friday. The roadway is expected to be closed until noon, police say.

Troopers were called to the scene just before 3 a.m. Friday. The crash involved a Toyota Corolla traveling west on Interstate 66 when it “lost control and spun out in the roadway,” according to Virginia State Police. The car hit a tanker truck, causing it to run off the highway and overturn.

The driver of the truck — Warren E. Wood, 61, of Broadway, Va. — died at the scene, authorities said. The driver of the Corolla — Hea Yon Kim, 23 of Stephens City, Va. — was not injured in the crash. She was charged with reckless driving.

The truck was carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel, but the tanker did “not rupture” in the crash, police said. Crews were working Friday morning to offload the fuel so the truck could be up-righted.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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