NORFOLK — An SUV hitting a patch of ice on westbound Interstate 64 is what triggered a 75-vehicle pileup near Williamsburg the weekend before Christmas, investigators said.
Virginia State Police said the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet SUV spun out and was hit by other vehicles at the start of the pileup shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 22, The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday.
The crash occurred at the Queens Creek Bridge in York County and shut down the interstate for more than seven hours. Officials said 51 people were injured.
State police initially reported that 30 vehicles were involved in the crash before announcing the total of 75 on Friday.
An eight-vehicle crash happened on the eastbound side of I-64 near mile marker 240, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya said the day of the incident.
Ryan Rogers, a National Weather Service meteorologist at Wakefield, said visibility was poor around the time of the crash. At the nearest weather station in Williamsburg, fog had reduced visibility to less than a quarter-mile about 20 minutes before the crash.
Rogers said it was possible that freezing fog — super-cooled water droplets that can freeze instantly — had affected the bridge.
No charges have been filed, and police said the investigation continues.