Two tractor-trailer drivers survived a fiery interstate crash this morning in Henrico County without injuries, according to Virginia State Police.
State police responded to the crash at 8:21 a.m. along the northbound lanes of Interstate 295 near the Interstate 895 interchange, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wrote in a statement. The impact of the crash caused one of the tractor-trailers to catch fire, Geller said.
The driver of a flatbed tractor-trailer carrying sand to an unmarked construction site said his vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer that was carrying bottled water.
"I didn't even have time to see my life flash before my eyes," said Robert Maldonado, 47, of Greenville, N.C., the driver of the flatbed truck carrying sand.
Maldonado said his GPS showed that he was driving 10 mph in the right lane of I-295 as he was preparing to turn into an unmarked construction site when he was hit from behind, knocking both his tractor-trailer and the other tractor-trailer into a drainage ditch, sparking a fire that destroyed the cab of the tractor-trailer carrying water.
Maldonado said he went to the aid of that man. The fire started off small but grew, sparked by diesel fuel, destroying the entire cab of the truck carrying water.
State police are still investigating the cause of the crash.