The crash scene still bears the sad scars of the Sept. 4, accident, the Daily Press of Newport News reported Sunday. The pavement at the 35th street exit is still scorched and blackened, as are the neighboring jersey barriers. The fence that separates the highway from a pedestrian/bike path is twisted and smashed.
"Nobody will know why it happened now," Brenda Dawson, fiancée of the deceased driver, told the Daily Press. "It’s unbelievable. It just does not fit."
The driver, Larry Overall of Chesapeake, was badly burned in the crash and later died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Overall was able to escape from the truck after the crash but was “fully engulfed” in flames, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman told the newspaper at the time.
The truck, A Kenworth carrying diesel fuel, crashed when it ran off the road to the left and flipped over, triggering an explosion that left burning fuel on the roadway and on the CSX railroad tracks below the highway.
Smoke from the crash could be seen for miles and dominated the southern Newport News skyline for hours afterwards.
Dawson said her fiancée had been working for E.V. Williams of Inc. Virginia Beach for two years.
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