UPDATE 1:45 p.m. — As of 12:30 p.m., all southbound lanes were reopened. VDOT cautioned drivers to stay alert to crews continuing debris removal on the right shoulder.
CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A crash involving a tractor trailer carrying watermelons and a box truck caused debris to be strewn across Interstate 95 in Caroline County Monday morning, closing a section of the interstate, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
VDOT said I-95 south was closed at mile marker 115 for the crash, which involved a tractor trailer carrying the large fruit, and a box truck. The crash occurred around 6 a.m. and traffic remained impacted throughout the morning. As of 10:30 a.m. traffic backups were at around two miles.
“I-95 southbound traffic is being diverted at exit 118 (Thornburg) to Route 606 (Mudd Tavern Road), where travelers can access Route 1 southbound to detour around the incident, and re-enter the interstate south of the crash,” VDOT said in a release.
Traffic that was stopped between the crash and the diversion point was guided by police to navigate past the crash scene using the interstate shoulder.