NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A man has died following a serious crash that closed portions of East Little Creek Rd. early Tuesday morning.
According to police, the crash happened at the intersection of East Little Creek Road and Van Patten Road around 6:50 a.m. This is near Tidewater Drive at the Southern Shopping Center.
“It was like a dump truck really loud I thought they were picking up our garbage and putting it back down but it was more than that, ” said Norfolk resident, Candace Richardson.
Witness Richard Neilsen said he saw the crash and tried to save the driver, but then first responders stepped in to help. He also told WAVY.com that the vehicle caught on fire after the crash.
In a panic, Neilsen says he ran to get a fire extinguisher but when he came back with it, firefighters were there and told him to back up.
“We’re all on the curb just screaming and hollering you know trying to get him to get the water on the firemen are just falling on the ground just tipping over everything trying to help him it was pretty bad, ” Neilsen described.
The driver was taken to the hospital, but died shortly after he arrived.
Police say the investigation has revealed that a Nissan pick-up truck was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes, when it struck a vehicle at the intersection of Tidewater Drive. The truck then traveled down East Little Creek Road where it ran off the road and struck several poles at a building at Southern Shopping Center.
The driver of the other vehicle that was hit was treated and released at the hospital.
Investigators say it appears speed was a contributing factor to this incident.
All lanes of East Little Creek from Dallas Street to Tidewater Drive remain closed while police investigate this crash. The road will be closed for several hours. There are detours in place.
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