Tractor-Trailer Fire Closes Interstate 64

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- UPDATE: 10:33 p.m.
A tractor trailer accident closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County for several hours Tuesday afternoon.

The accident occurred at mile marker 104 on Afton Mountain shortly after 12:30 p.m.

According to the Virginia State Police, the first tractor trailer was traveling west, heading slowly up the incline of Afton Mountain, when it was rear-ended by another tractor trailer.

The crash caused the second truck's fuel tank to rupture and catch fire.

The driver of the first truck, a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, was not injured. His truck was carrying a load of men's body wash and cologne.

The driver of the second truck, 41-year-old Ismael Lopez-Gonzalez of Chester, was taken to Augusta Health for minor injuries. His truck was carrying a load of medical supplies.

Lopez-Gonzalez has been charged with reckless driving.

Both directions of Interstate 64 closed for a time while emergency crews responded to the fire.

The eastbound lanes reopened as of 2 p.m.

A westbound detour at the Crozet exit, 107, was established. Drivers were being directed onto Route 250.

Traffic backed up about seven miles during the afternoon and early evening hours.

Officials said the lane closures would continue for an "extended time" while debris was cleaned up.

They say the westbound lanes should reopen around 6 p.m.

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A tractor trailer accident has closed the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County.

The accident occurred at mile marker 104 on Afton Mountain.

According to Virginia Department of Transportation cameras on 511virginia.org, the truck was on fire.

Virginia State Police reports there are no injuries.

Officials say the one truck was not carrying any hazardous chemicals, but it was transporting medical supplies.

Drivers should use alternate routes.

Traffic is currently backed up about two miles.

Officials say the lane closures will continue for an "extended time."