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Driver killed after dump truck's fiery crash on I-64 in Newport News

Based on a preliminary investigation, State Police say a dump truck ran off the roadway and hit a jersey wall, causing the truck to ignite in a large explosion.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Virginia State Police said a man died in a dump truck crash on I-64 Thursday afternoon.

First responders were called to I-64 east at mile marker 253 shortly after 1:30 p.m. to respond to the crash. That's near Denbigh Boulevard. 

Based on a preliminary investigation, State Police say a 2017 Peterbuilt dump truck ran off the roadway and hit a jersey wall, causing the truck to ignite in a large explosion. The driver was killed.

Eastbound lanes of traffic were closed for several hours as authorities investigated and cleared the crash scene. The dump truck was loaded with sand at the time of the crash, and debris from the truck along with the sand spilled in the westbound lanes of traffic, which also led to two lanes on that side being shut down for a time.

The truck's driver was burned beyond recognition. Police say the medical examiner will make a positive identification using dental records. 

Credit: Virginia State Police