On Peninsula's I-64 stretch, one spot trumps them all for crashes
Michele Murray was driving past the Fort Eustis interchange on I-64 on her way to Williamsburg one day in 2007 when a tractor-trailer rammed into her rear bumper.
"Rubberneckers stopped traffic cold right at the top of the hill before the exit," she said. "I was able to stop, but the tractor-trailer behind me couldn't."
The tractor-trailer turned her car and pushed it into two other vehicles before running it over, demolishing it. Murray escaped with only minor injuries, she said, but that day remains the most frightening of her life.
Murray is one of hundreds of drivers who have been in accidents on I-64 near the Fort Eustis interchange. In fact, that portion of road includes the most crash-prone mile on the Peninsula's interstates, according to a Daily Press analysis of data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The data encompass 7,395 accidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2015. The accidents occurred on a 70-mile expanse of interstate that contains 33 exits and begins at the mouths of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and Monitor-Merrimack Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, up through I-664 and I-64 to the Henrico County border.