Three crashes, fire affect Route 58 traffic

Published 1:09 pm Friday, September 7, 2018

Three crashes and a vehicle fire sent a total of five people to the hospital and affected morning traffic on Route 58 on Friday.

The incidents all happened in the area between the Department of Motor Vehicles weigh station and the Southeastern Public Service Authority landfill, according to a city press release.

The first crash occurred at 8:54 a.m., the press release stated. Preliminary investigation found that a truck pulling a trailer left the roadway near the scales on the westbound side and drove into the tree line. A driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. The cause of that accident remains under investigation.

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Sometime after that crash, a minor accident involving two vehicles happened nearby. There were no injuries, and the drivers exchanged insurance information.

At 10:35 a.m., another crash, this one between two passenger vehicles, happened at the entrance to the landfill. Two adult females were taken to Sentara Obici Hospital, and one adult female was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

Preliminary investigation of that crash found that the driver of a Scion drove into the path of a Honda Pilot, the press release states. The driver of the Scion was cited for failure to yield.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews also responded Friday morning to a tractor-trailer brake fire on Route 58 eastbound near the weigh station. The tractor-trailer did not lose control, and the small fire was contained to the brake system, the press release stated.