Box truck driver charged in I-64 crash in New Kent

NEW KENT — Police have charged the driver of a box truck in a nine-vehicle accident on Interstate 64 east in New Kent County near mm 222 last week

According to the Virginia State Police, James R. Frazier, 41, of Norfolk was driving a 2007 freightliner box truck on I-64 east in the left lane on July 8 when he came upon slowing traffic. Frazier told police that he looked down to get water and when he looked up, the traffic was stopped.

Frazier struck a Toyota minivan, which then struck a Chevrolet Silverado pickup. As a result of this accident, six other vehicles, including two tractor-trailers, became involved in separate accidents, Sgt. Stephan Vick reported.

Frazier has been charged with reckless driving.

Several people were transported to MCV hospital but it is unknown at this time the extent of their injuries.

All lanes on I-64 east were reopened as of 6 p.m.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, police reported.

The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the crash.