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I-95 southbound reopens after hazmat spill

Friday - 5/17/2013, 12:03pm  ET

I-95 Stafford Co. (Courtesy of VDOT)
The accident closed southbound I-95 for almost six hours. (Courtesy of VDOT)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - All lanes of southbound I-95 have reopened south of Exit 133/Falmouth in Stafford County after a crash involving two tractor-trailers closed the interstate completely during the Friday morning commute.

The crash, which occurred at 5:12 a.m., kept the highway closed for almost 6 hours.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne N. Geller says a tractor-trailer driven by James E. Harris, Jr., 35, of Chester, Va., struck a tractor-trailer driven driven by Phillip C. Harris, 40, of Hopewell, Va.

At the time of the collision, Phillip C. Harris' tractor-trailer was in the right lane of I-95, having just merged from Va. 17.

James E. Harris, Jr. has been charged with following too closely.

Police say the truck drivers are not related.

Virginia State Police say one of the tractor-trailers was hauling barrels of phosphoric acid. Several barrels fell off the tractor-trailer, prompting a hazardous material cleanup.

At least one of the barrels leaked.

Hazardous materials crews from Stafford County Fire & Rescue and City of Fredericksburg Fire & Rescue cleaned up the minor leakage, Geller says.

Neither driver was hurt in the collision, and both vehicles remained upright, police say.

The Virginia Department of Transportation detoured traffic onto Va. 17 Business to southbound U.S. 1. Drivers then were able to return to southbound I-95 at Exit 130/Route 3 or Exit 126/Spotsylvania.

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