$25K in damages to be billed to driver charged in HRBT pileup

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) -- A massive pileup inside the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel caused several thousand dollars in damages inside the eastbound tunnel.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Holly Christopher said there are no structural problems with the tunnel -- but nine sections of hand rails, two internal lights and several sections of wall tiles were damaged.

The crash, which involved eight vehicles in total, caused shut downs and major delays on both sides of the bridge-tunnel Wednesday morning as authorities worked to clear the scene.

Virginia State Police said William Lewis Alexander Marakos was driving a Ford F-350 bucket truck when he swerved to avoid stopped traffic in the tunnel and rear-ended a car in a collision that led to a chain reaction.

State Police later charged Marakos with following too close.

Christopher said $25,000 in damages will be billed to Marakos. VDOT will be making repairs during a previously scheduled overnight lane closure, likely next week.

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