Tractor Trailer Accidents on I-95 in Virginia and Maryland Kill Drivers

Two tractor trailer drivers were killed in separate accidents on Interstate 95 in Maryland and Virginia.Two tractor trailer drivers were killed in separate accidents on Interstate 95 in Maryland and Virginia.

The crash in Maryland occurred around 9:30 a.m. on August 5 near the exit for Maryland Route 175 when an 18-wheeler jackknifed on the northbound side of the interstate near Jessup, according to WJLA News.

Maryland State Police told the news agency that a preliminary investigation showed that the big rig was in the third lane of the roadway when it ran off the road and up an embankment. The truck then reportedly overturned in a wooded area off the highway.

The driver has been identified as David Arturo Espinoza of Georgia.

Police said it was still unclear what caused Espinoza to drive off the roadway.

The roadway was closed for about three hours as emergency crews worked to clear the wreckage.

In Virginia, an overnight accident closed the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Lorton for several hours as crews worked to clear a fiery crash that killed an unidentified driver of a big rig.

WTTG reports that the crash occurred around 2:25 a.m. when the 18-wheeler smashed into the back of a work vehicle parked in a construction zone in Lorton on August 8.

Virginia State Police told the news source that the impact of the collision caused the semi to burst into flames, killing the driver and injuring a Department of Transportation worker who jumped a jersey barrier to avoid the crash.

The northbound lanes were closed for several hours and early morning commuters were forced to detour onto Route 1.

The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that 2,864 people died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. during the month of August 2009.