‘Blinding Sun’ Blamed For Three-Vehicle Crash Leaving Truck Driver in Critical Condition
James City County, VA – The sunrise is being blamed for a serious multi-vehicle crash in Virginia Tuesday morning that left a truck driver in critical condition.
According to the Virginia State Police (VSP), the accident took place just after 7 a.m. along Interstate 64 near mile marker 227.
A preliminary investigation reveals Reginald Fields, 58, of Richmond, VA, was operating a 2018 Freightliner day cab in the far right of the eastbound lanes.
Fields’ truck struck a 2021 Nissan Kick, operated by a female driver, from behind, which then pushed the passenger vehicle into the grassy median.
Fields’ semi continued to travel eastbound in the right lane, striking the back of a 2017 Kenworth T3 series, hauling slates of marble.
The impact caused the marble to fall from the Kenworth and onto I-64 near Old Stage Road.
Fields was trapped inside his truck and had to be extracted.
After crews successfully freed him, Fields was airlifted to a local hospital where he is reported to have sustained “serious injuries.”
In its initial report, VSP stated travel on the highway slowed due “blinding sun” just prior to the crash.
Fields’ condition at the time of publishing is not known.
The driver of the Nissan was also transported to a local hospital, but sustained only minor injuries.
The driver of the Kenworth — whose identity was not released — was uninjured in the incident.
Cleanup crews worked to clear the scene until just before 10 a.m., when all lanes were re-opened.
The crash remains under investigation by VSP.
It is not clear if Fields was, or will be, cited in the incident.