- The Washington Times - Friday, April 13, 2007

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Officials say southbound traffic on Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg continues to be backed up for miles after a tractor-trailer carrying tomatoes crashed and caught fire this morning at an overpass.

The accident happened at 6 a.m.

All three southbound lanes were shut down for about two hours just south of the Rappahannock River at mile marker 131, but one lane was opened later.

Fredericksburg police say the 18-wheeler struck a guard rail on I-95 and rode the rail for about 100 yards. It stopped under the Fall Hill Avenue bridge in Fredericksburg, where the truck burned.

Virginia State Police have charged the truck driver with reckless driving.

Tina Bundy with the Virginia Department of Transportation says the bridge was damaged, but will reopen later today with weight limits restricted at 15 tons.

Bundy says emergency repairs on the overpass will take place throughout the night.

There were no reports of injuries in the crash.

Fredericksburg police said the crash occured under the Fall Hill Avenue overpass, which was damaged in the crash. A police spokesman said he did not know if the overpass was damaged by the crash or fire, but a bridge inspector was called to the scene.

He said the bridge was repaired.

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