All lanes on eastbound I-66 in Va. open after chain-reaction crashes

A two-vehicle crash on eastbound I-66 led to a chain-reaction crash involving 12 cars. The last two cars of those 12 caught fire, police said. (Courtesy Virginia State Police)
All lanes have reopened on Interstate 66, three hours after several crashes near the intersection with Virginia Route 123 slowed the afternoon commute Thursday in Fairfax County, Virginia.

In a statement, Virginia State Police said they got a call about a two-vehicle crash in those eastbound lanes around 5:50 p.m. A chain-reaction crash involving 12 cars had followed, as drivers tried to avoid the initial crash.

The last two cars of those 12 caught fire. Only a minor injury has been reported, police said. That driver was treated at the scene.

Traffic was moving to a crawl even after two lanes were reopened, eventually easing up around 8:30 p.m., when the last closures were removed.

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