Driver charged after losing control of tractor-trailer along I-95

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: January 17, 2019 | 4:15 p.m.

PRINCE GEORGE – A New York truck driver is facing charges here in Virginia after the tractor-trailer they were driving lost control and ran off the road Thursday morning.

According to Virginia State Police Sgt. Keeli Hill, just before 7 a.m. Thursday morning, a 2018 International tractor hauling several thousand pounds of scrap metal and helicopter parts ran off road on right side of roadway, hitting the guardrail, and striking trees along Interstate 95 near mile marker 43  between the Courtland and South Crater Roads exit.

The tractor did not lose its load, but there was some diesel spillage.

Source: Virginia State Police

“The driver, Sherri E. Thompson, 34, of New York, and a passenger were entrapped for a period of time, but was checked at the scene and did not suffer injuries,” Sgt. Hill said. “Thompson was wearing her seat belt and the passenger was not.”

The crash and diesel spillage resulted in a response from the Crater Regional Hazmat Response Team, Prince George Fire and EMS and VDOT.

Thompson has been charged with; Reckless driving, failure to maintain control.

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