Passenger dead, driver seriously hurt after crashing into sweeper truck in work zone on I-64 in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A female passenger died and a male driver was seriously hurt after a crash in a work zone on I-64 in Norfolk on Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 2:44 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-64, west of Granby Street, Virginia State Police say.

Police say there were multiple work trucks with lights and another proper signage warning of the work zone at the time of the crash when the driver of a Ford Fusion was traveling at high speeds. Police say the male driver made a sudden lane change, ran off the right side of the road and struck a Jersey wall before overcorrecting and striking a parked International sweeper truck in the work zone.

Police say the Fusion came to rest underneath the truck and the female passenger died on impact. The driver was taken to Sentara Norfolk General with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the sweeper truck wasn’t hurt.

All westbound lanes of I-64 were shut down for about five hours for the investigation and removal of the vehicles. The crash remains under investigation.

Police have identified the deceased female as 21-year-old Samantha Leigh Sims of Portsmouth.

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