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Loose Trailer Injures Two VDOT employees

I-95 accident injures two VDOT employees Loose trailer carrying cinder blocks causes mishap

Loose trailer causes morning wreck on northbound Interstate 95; traffic delays of four miles

Date published: 1/9/2007

A trailer carrying cinder blocks came unhitched from a dump truck yesterday on Interstate 95 northbound near Courthouse Road in Stafford County, injuring two people and snarling traffic.

"It broke loose and hit everything in its path," said Tina Bundy, Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

One of the vehicles damaged in the incident was a VDOT truck. Two VDOT workers suffered minor injuries when their truck was flipped onto its side about 8:20 a.m. just south of mile marker 142. The VDOT truck was traveling slowly on the interstate's right shoulder, patrolling for signs of high water and picking up trash, police said.

The VDOT workers--driver Stuart Ross Stevens Jr. and passenger Trish McDonald--were pulled out through the windshield and taken to Mary Washington Hospital by ambulance. State police 1st Sgt. Chris Warriner said their injuries weren't life-threatening.

The trailer came unhitched from a dump truck traveling in the right lane, Warriner said. He said rush-hour traffic was slow; the dump truck's driver lost control when he tried to stop. He hit the VDOT truck, and the trailer went more than 100 feet north. It hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee near its gas tank.

The driver of the dump truck was 23-year-old Jason Ray Goldizen of Buckeye, W.Va., Warriner said. He was driving for Richardson-Wayland Electrical Co. of Roanoke. Goldizen was charged with reckless driving.

The right lane and right shoulder of I-95 were closed, causing a four-mile backup, Bundy said. Traffic got by in the left and center lanes. Both trucks were towed away. All lanes reopened about two hours after the wreck.

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