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article imageDump truck crash kills one person in Northern Virginia collision Special

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 16, 2011 in Lifestyle
Manassas - On Tues. afternoon one individual died in Northern Virginia when a dump truck traveling southbound on Route 29 (Lee Highway) crossed into the northbound lane and hit the rear of a pickup truck, then went back into the southbound lane, and hit another car.
Inside Nova reported the accident occurred at 2:36 p.m. when the dump truck driver crossed over into the northbound lane, where the truck struck the rear panel of a Ford F-350 truck which carried four people, according to Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
According to NBC Washington, "The dump truck driver apparently overcorrected into the southbound lanes and back into the northbound lanes, striking an SUV head on."
The truck struck a CR-V, and the driver was killed, having died at the scene of the accident. The CR-V's identity has not been released, but the Washington Post reported no other passengers were in the car.
Late afternoon beginnings of rush-hour traffic were impacted by the accident. Drivers were warned on I-66 notification displays that both lanes on Route 29 were closed due to an accident. The notification said for drivers to use alternate routes.
A daily commuter, who identified himself as Dan, said when he approached western Fairfax County on I-66, "Traffic was already backed up to the exit ramp of the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100), and many people were jumping onto 7100 to avoid traffic."
He said traffic on I-66 stretched bumper to bumper as far as he could see.
"I decided to follow the traffic flow and took 7100 myself." The commuter travels through this area about 4:30 p.m. daily he said.
At this time officials are still examining the circumstances of the accident and it is under investigation. Currently it is unknown whether or not speed or alcohol factored in the collision.
Update: The Manassas Patch is reporting the dump truck driver is a 65-year-old man of Alexandria, Va. The crash victim has been identified as Daniel S. Tulk, 40, of South Riding, Va. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.
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