NORFOLK, Va. — All lanes are back open on Interstate 64, after a vehicle crash occurred early Wednesday morning, leaving a woman dead.
The Virginia State Police said they received a call on Sept. 15 about a two-vehicle crash that happened around 2:44 a.m. on I-64, westbound. That's located just west of Granby Street.
According to Virginia State Police, a male driver of a 2006 Ford Fusion was driving at a high rate of speed and made a sudden lane change, which resulted in him hitting striking a jersey wall. When correcting the vehicle, he struck the rear of a 2020 International Sweeper Truck.
The driver was taken to Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a female passenger died on impact, according to police. The driver of the sweeper truck reported no injuries.
Thursday morning, the Virginia State Police identified the victim as Samantha Leigh Sims, 21, from Portsmouth.
For approximately five hours, all westbound lanes on Interstate 64 were shut down. Those driving in that area were redirected at the Granby St. exit following the crash until it was all clear.
The crash had occurred inside the safety work zone area, where workers were present and a trooper was patrolling, according to Virginia State Police.
This crash will continue to be investigated.
Author's Note: The video below is on file from Sept. 2, 2021.