VIRGINIA BEACH,Va. - State police say two people died in a multi-vehicle accident onIntestate-264 at Newtown Road Wednesday afternoon. VDOT officialsshut down all traffic headed east and westbound due to theaccident.
State police tell WAVY.com three vehicles were involved in theaccident and two engulfed in flames. Virginia State PoliceSpokesperson Sgt. Michelle Cotten said a BMW driven by MontrealFuller, 29, was traveling in the HOV lanes on Interstate-64.
"When you're coming down through the HOV system VDOT has thegates closed so that you can not go into the wrong lanes," Sgt.Cotten added. "He drove through those gates into the west boundlands traveling east bound."
Fuller went right onto Interstate-264 and into oncoming traffic.The wrongway vehicle then hit another vehicle head on, Sgt. Cottensaid.
"A van saw him coming, swerved out of the way and the femalethat was driving behind the van, in a Ford Taurus was hit head on,"Sgt. Cotten said.
State police say the impact was so great it sent the Taurusflying over the wall. Both the BMW and Taurus caught fire and bothdrivers died at scene.
State police have identified the driver of the Taurus as FrancisWilson, 57, of Chesapeake. Neighbor John Williams was surprised tolearn of Frances Wilson's loss in a deadly crash. He'd just helpedher with the Ford Taurus she was driving days ago.
He told wavy.com "They were trying to get her battery in . Itwouldn't go in very well. She'd just replaced it. She knocked onthe door and said can you help me with my battery. I said I'm not amechanic but I do work on cars. We got it done in about 15 or 20minutes. She was pretty happy with that. I said enjoy yourholidays. I'll talk to you later."
He went on to say she was, "happy, very nice, cordial, talkedto my wife a lot, very friendly. Sorry to see her go. Sounfortunate."
State police continue to investigate the deadly crash andhope an autopsy can tell them if the driver that caused it,Montreal Fuller, was distracted, drunk or had a medical conditionat the time.
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