One person died in a flaming crash involving two semi-trucks on I-64/US 40 in Chesterfield early Tuesday morning (Nov. 13).
Police reports say the fatally injured man, later identified as Darrell A. Stewart, 29, of Greensboro, North Carolina, was driving a semi-truck eastbound when it crashed into another semi-truck that had pulled off the road due to mechanical problems. The collision occurred east of the Boone’s Mill crossing interchange and just beyond the Chesterfield Airport Road/Baxter Road entrance ramp to I-64/US 40.
According to the Monarch Fire Protection District, a call about the mishap and the resulting fire was received at 4:42 a.m. Firefighter-paramedic crews from four of the district’s five stations responded to the call, with another crew and a battalion chief from the Metro West Fire Protection District also dispatched to the scene, said Monarch Chief Cary Spiegel.
The driver of the stopped truck was able to exit his vehicle and apparently escaped injury. Spiegel said the driver refused medical attention at the scene. The identity of the uninjured driver was not immediately available from state police.
Police said the driver of the stopped truck had put out warning signs and had activated the vehicle’s emergency flashers before the crash occurred.
Firemen battled the blaze for more than an hour and a half, Spiegel added.
The crash, fire and emergency responders on the scene forced police to close all lanes of eastbound 64 at the western Chesterfield Airport Road exit for hours after the incident. Chesterfield police said two lanes of the eastbound roadway were re-opened to traffic just after 2 p.m.