Heavy morning fog and icy road conditions sent a mail delivery tractor-trailer skidding out of control, resulting in a crash with a tour bus, putting over two dozen people in the hospital, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The incident occurred at about 4:37 a.m. the morning of Nov. 17 in the eastbound lane of Interstate 64 just past the summit of Afton Mountain. The truck lost control on a downgrade and overturned across the road, and the bus was unable to avoid crashing into it, splitting the semi in half. Virginia State Police said the collision triggered at least seven minor crashes in upstream traffic, but no one was injured in those accidents.
The mail truck was driven by James Proffitt, 44, of Suffolk, Virginia, who was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center to be treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the bus, Andrew L. Burruss, 62, of Keswick, Virginia, was also taken to UVA Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Although Virginia State Police said that 19 had been injured, the Richmond Times-Dispatch later identified at least 29 patients at three local hospitals.
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