69 cars crash on icy Virginia bridge: 51 injured, some critically as I-64 is shut down

Nearly 70 vehicles were involved in chain-reaction crashes on an icy, foggy Virginia bridge Sunday, injuring 51 people and shutting down I-64 in both directions on a busy holiday travel day.

Most injuries were minor and none were life-threatening at the Queen’s Creek bridge, about 50 miles east of Richmond just outside historic Williamsburg, state police said.

The chain-reaction crashes began at about 7:51 a.m., police said. The state transportation department said all eastbound lanes on I-64 reopened about three hours later. Westbound lanes remained closed until mid-afternoon.

The interstate is a major access road for Virginia Beach, a sprawling beach and military city of more than 440,000 people.

Peter Glagola, spokesman for Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, said physicians there were treating 24 patients.

“One patient has serious injuries, five are being treated for moderate injuries, and 18 for minor injuries,” Glagola said. “More details to come.”

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