FAIRFAX, VA – Three people were injured, one critically, in a multi-vehicle semi truck accident in Fairfax, VA on Monday, February 13, 2012.
Fairfax is located in Fairfax County, Virginia in the northeastern part of the state about 203 miles northwest of Virginia Beach and 188 miles northwest of Norfolk.
The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the Fairfax County Parkway (7100) on the transition ramp with the I-66. The accident injured three people, one of which was described as life-threatening.
A tractor trailer, a white van and a small blue passenger car were involved in the collision. Police responded at around 8:00 a.m. The 18 wheeler had skidded into the grassy median, partly blocking the southbound lanes of traffic.
Details are limited, but as near as we can tell, the semi truck looked like a Peterbilt with a blue cab owned by Owen Trucking from Lorton, VA with an office in Stafford, VA.
The accident may have been triggered by a lane change, perhaps either by the big rig, the van or the car intending to exit on U.S. 29 about 100 yards up ahead, although details such as these are not clear.
Police closed all ramps from I-66 to the Fairfax County Parkway plus all of the southbound lanes of Fairfax County Parkway leading to the accident site. Two of the three northbound lanes remained open. The center lane was blocked by Police to allow access for emergency vehicles. Motorists could expect traffic delays but it was reported that the delays were cleared up by 11:00 a.m.
There were no details as to who was injured. It is not known if the semi truck driver was hurt in the incident. There did not appear to be any hazardous materials involved nor were any evacuations ordered as a result.
A wrecker was called in to tow the semi truck. Two flatbed towing rigs were also at the scene apparently for the wrecked van and passenger car.
The flatbed tow trucks had to approach the accident scene from the south using the northbound lanes that were open to traffic.
Vehicles with markings from a nearby towing company, Willow Spring Towing & Recovery, were at the accident scene. The flatbed tow trucks were joined by a wrecker and box truck with specialized equipment and personnel.
There are no details as to the makes and models of the van or the passenger car. The white van veered off the right shoulder of the road and ran head-on into a tree on the side of the road where it came to a stop.
The blue passenger car was spun around coming to a stop on the grassy median facing south.
There were homes located nearby, with one house on Cerromar Place situated just about 200 feet from the site of the accident, being separated from the highway with what looks like a stand of trees and a fence.
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