Driver charged in truck crash on I-64 in Ocean View

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A driver of a work truck was charged in a crash on Interstate 64 in Norfolk Wednesday morning that caused massive delays on the Southside.

Virginia State Police said the crash happened just before 7 a.m. on the westbound side of I-64 — just past the Willoughby Bay Bridge and before the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

State police said 21-year-old James Ozmar III was driving a 1998 GMC work truck pulling a trailer when  he ran off the road trying to avoid a vehicle in front of him, causing the truck to overturn and hit a guardrail.

Gallery: Crash on I-64 in Ocean View

The truck was hanging over the jersey wall after the crash, state police said. 

Ozmar suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, according to state police. He was charged with following too closely.

Traffic cameras showed several emergency vehicles on the scene in Ocean View trying to clear the scene. An image from a WAVY Viewer showed the truck turned over on its side.

Chopper 10 flew above the scene Wednesday, as crews worked to flip the truck over. A long line of vehicles could be seen stacked-up for miles on I-64.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said in a tweet traffic was detoured at 4th View Street following the crash. At one point, traffic was backed up as far as eight miles — close to Chesapeake Boulevard and Tidewater Drive. 

VDOT said in a tweet a 7.5 mile backup remained after one lane was reopened.

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