Updated: Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010, 11:44 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010, 6:11 AM EDT
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Interstate 64 eastbound at the HRBT was reduced to one lane Wednesday, due to an accident involving a U.S. Postal truck.
A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said the truck was entering the eastbound side of the tunnel at around 4 a.m., when it hit a protective device -- called a crash cushion -- at the end of a work zone. The crash apparently damaged the fuel tank and caused it to spill some fuel along the highway. A crash cushion, according to VDOT, is supposed to stop a vehicle from entering a work zone.
The accident created a major morning rush hour traffic backup for hours.
One of the westbound lanes at the Downtown tunnel was also closed Wednesday morning, due to some overnight repair/maintenance work.
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