Fatal motorcycle-vehicle crash closes all westbound lanes on I-64 in Norfolk for nearly 3 hours


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police say a motorcycle-vehicle crash resulted in a single fatality on I-64 in Norfolk Sunday.

The call came in around 4 p.m. on the westbound side at mile marker 281 just east of Military Highway in Norfolk — near Norview Avenue Exit 279B.

State Police said the preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling in the middle lane and attempted to make a lane change when the vehicle was struck from behind by a 2016 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle.

Police said the man driving the motorcycle, later identified as 26-year-old Michael Maurice Sandford of Everette, Washington, was ejected and struck the guard rail, killing him instantly.

State Police said, based on witness statements, speed played a contributing factor.

The crash closed all westbound lanes for nearly three hours until about 7:20 p.m. when two reopened with a two-mile backup. At about 8 p.m., all lanes reopened to motorists.

Currently, troopers are still investigating the incident.

Police say no charges have been placed at this time. No additional details surrounding the incident are available.

This is a breaking news story.

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