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A Falls Church man faces a reckless-driving charge in the late Tuesday night crash that shut down Interstate 95 in Stafford County for six hours.
The crash happened at 11:30 p.m. on northbound I-95 at mile marker 138, midway between the exits for Centreport Parkway and Courthouse Road. It closed lanes on the busy interstate until after the morning rush began, causing backups on I-95 and U.S. 1.
Virginia State Police say Ahmed Mohammed lost control of his 2006 Honda CRV, which veered from the left lane and ran off the right side of the interstate. He apparently overcorrected and the CRV hit a tractor-trailer in the center lane, causing the rig to jackknife and sending the Honda into a guardrail.
The tractor-trailer's fuel tank ruptured in the crash and spilled 150 gallons of diesel onto the roadway.
Initial news reports said Mohammed, 24, was swerving to avoid a deer when the crash happened, but that doesn't appear to have been the case.
"There was a report of deer in the area, but based on the trooper's investigation deer were not a cause for the crash and the driver was charged with reckless driving," state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in an email.
The interstate was closed for the investigation and so crews could clear the scene. Hazardous-materials crews cleaned up the fuel spill.
Traffic was detoured to U.S. 1 at the Centreport Parkway exit.
Two lanes were reopened by 5:30 a.m., and the
Tina Bundy of the Virginia Department of Transportation said backups reached three miles at the height of the delays.
By 6:30 a.m., backups were about a mile and a half, she said.
Mohammed and a 23-year-old female passenger were taken to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A 20-year-old male passenger was treated at the scene, state police said.
The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.
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