POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. — Three people were killed Monday morning in an accident that involved five trucks and a car on Route 60 in Powhatan County, Virginia.
Police said the accident happened around 5 a.m. when a dump truck, carrying sludge from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland County, crossed the yellow line while headed west on Route 60 near Bell Road in Powhatan. When the dump truck crossed into oncoming traffic, police said it struck a logging truck head-on.
The collision caused the log truck to overturn and catch fire, police said. The driver and a passenger in the log truck and the driver of the dump truck died at the scene, Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar said.
Another dump truck and two other log trucks were also involved in the accident.
In addition to the three deaths, police said one person was air-lifted to the hospital with what are considered life-threatening injuries. Two other people involved in the accident suffered what police called “minor” injuries.
The names of the victims have not yet been released.
According to VDOT, eastbound traffic is being detoured to Rt. 627 and then to Rt. 13. Westbound traffic is detoured to Rt.684 then to Rt.629 and back to Rt. 60.
No other details were immediately available.
News-gathering affiliate CBS6 WTVR and The Associated Press contributed to this report.