63-car pileup on Virginia interstate sends dozens of people to the hospital

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Dec 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-22 13:29:42-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Over 60 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction on I-64 in eastern Virginia on Sunday morning because of fog and ice, authorities said.

The pileup, about 50 miles east of Richmond, closed both sides of the interstate, authorities said. Photos from the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police show the extent of the backup and damage.

The Sheriff's Office said initially said 45 vehicles had crashed, while the Virginia State Police pegged the total at 35. Virginia State Police later updated that number saying 63 vehicles were involved in the pileup.

State police said fog and ice were on Queens Creek Bridge at 7:51 a.m. when the crashes began.

At least 35 people were transported to the hospital for treatment following the pile-up, but there were no fatalities.

"Please use caution while driving due to fog and icy road conditions (especially on bridges)," York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office said.