HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Police said a dump truck driver ran a red light, causing a multi-vehicle crash in Hampton Tuesday.
The driver, 40-year-old Thomas Randolph Davis, of the 1300 block of Big Bethel Road in Hampton, has been charged with reckless driving.
Part of Magruder Boulevard was closed for several hours Tuesday because of the crash. The emergency call was received by Hampton dispatch shortly after 10:30 a.m.
According to police, the dump truck was traveling southbound on Magruder Blvd. when it swerved to miss oncoming traffic on Butler Farm Road. The truck flipped, lost its load, and struck seven other vehicles that were stopped in the left turn lane.
"Sitting at the light waiting to make a left turn and all of a sudden I see a dump truck looking like he's going to turn over and literally, he did turn over. He hit the first car, hit the second car, and hit me across the median to the other side of the street," said Joyce Hodges.
Nine people were injured in the crash. Three people were initially trapped in their vehicles, but they have since been freed. The dump truck driver was flown to the hospital by nightingale. Two other victims were transported by ambulance.
Dustin Marx was working nearby and called 911 after he saw the accident. "Sounded horrifying. All you heard were tires screeching, windows breaking, and metal just screeching across the pavement," said Marx.
Marx and his co-workers were shaken initially and then jumped into action.
"It definitely scared me. We went out there to see if everybody was alright. One car was covered in sand. We got a shovel to help those people get out," said Matthew Martinez.
All lanes of Magruder Boulevard were reopened around 2 p.m.
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