- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2007

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Fiery crash kills 1, closes Interstate 95

A fiery crash yesterday on Interstate 95 left one person dead and closed the interstate for hours, leaving traffic backed up for miles north and south of downtown Richmond.

A tractor-trailer traveling south hurtled over a concrete barrier and into the northbound lane, where it collided with several vehicles and burst into flames, state police said.

The wreckage burned under a downtown underpass, throwing off heat like a blast furnace and scorching the paint off cars, witnesses said.

UPS driver Wallace Panton of Mechanicsville parked 200 feet from the accident and grabbed a fire extinguisher from his truck. He saw one man moving away from the wreckage, his clothes by his ankles and in flames.

Mr. Panton told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he saw a second man “all bloodied up” and wandering from the wreckage.

Three persons suffered serious burns, and six others were treated for minor injuries, state police Sgt. Tom Cunningham said.

I-95’s southbound lanes were reopened shortly after 5 p.m. The northbound lanes remained closed while the wreckage was cleared and the road surface was assessed.

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Parents call sentence politically motivated

An Albemarle County woman convicted of serving alcohol to teenagers says she is the victim of overzealous prosecution.

Elisa Robinson and her ex-husband, George Robinson, must report to jail Monday to begin their 27-month sentences for serving alcohol at their son’s 16th-birthday party in 2002.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their final appeal last month.

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