By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @SSDispatch
Posted: January 29, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.
SUSSEX – Two people, including a young girl, died in a crash along Interstate 95 near the Owen Road exit in Sussex County Wednesday morning.
Virginia State Police confirmed the news in a statement, where Sgt. Michelle Anaya named 57-year-old Melanie Tapper of Harleysville, Pennsylvania and an unidentified female minor as the victims in the crash along I-95 SB at Mile Marker 25.
The call came in just before 4:30 a.m. to state police dispatchers, with responding troopers finding the sedan driven by Tapper and a tractor-trailer having crashed, claiming the lives of two people inside the car and injuring a third.
State police’s preliminary investigation found the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Tapper was traveling in the right lane of I-95 when it experienced mechanical problems.
“The driver stopped in the right lane of travel with no hazard light illuminated,” Anaya detailed. “While stopped in the lane of travel, a 2006 Volvo tractor trailer was traveling in the right lane and struck the Mitsuibishi in the rear, pushing the Mitsuibishi onto the shoulder.”
That tractor-trailer also lost control after impact, sliding off onto the shoulder before overturning.
According to investigators, both Tapper and the young girl inside died upon impact. A third passenger seated in the back was taken to VCU Medical Center in Richmond with non-life-threatening injuries.
The tractor-trailer driver also suffered minor injuries.
Anaya said both drivers and the passengers inside the sedan were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol was not a contributing factor.
As of this report, the roadway has reopened.
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