Five tractor-trailers piled into a stopped car and each other on Interstate 95 south of Washington today, killing a driver and stopping traffic for hours on the key artery.
Virginia State Police closed I-95 southbound until 10:30 a.m., when two lanes were reopened. Traffic was backed up for miles. One northbound lane was closed, creating havoc for commuters headed to work in Washington.
State Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said Gragham Cole, 72, of Alexandria, Va., apparently had stopped his car at 5:30 a.m. in the right traffic lane just north of the Newington exit, 11 miles south of Washington. There is no shoulder on that stretch of I-95. He was outside his car, which had no lights on, when a truck struck him and his car.