UPDATE 8 p.m.: Virginia State Police confirmed one man died in a crash on the Carter Glass Memorial Bridge that enters the City of Lynchburg from Amherst County.
At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Monday, May 17, state troopers responded to the scene of the crash.
According to police, a Chevy S10 pickup truck was crossing the southbound bridge when a recliner that it was hauling fell from the bed of the pickup in the southbound lane.
A sedan and a tractor-trailer were both traveling behind the pickup. The sedan quickly braked but was unable to avoid hitting the recliner. The tractor-trailer was also unable to stop and collided with the sedan.
Virginia State Police say the sedan’s driver, a man, died at the scene. He was said to have been wearing a seatbelt and was the only person in that vehicle.
Officials have not released the man’s identity since next-of-kin are still being notified.
However, pickup truck hauling the recliner did not have any damage and the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash, according to authorities.
Police say that charges are pending in connection with the crash, which remains under investigation.
UPDATE 6 p.m.: Route 29 Business is flowing normally after a crash approaching the downtown Lynchburg exit tied up southbound traffic for hours Monday afternoon.
VDOT cameras show traffic is again moving with no delays being reported.
UPDATE 3 p.m.: A detour has been set up around a tractor-trailer crash that has closed southbound Route 29 Business in Lynchburg, near the Main Street exit.
VDOT says southbound traffic is being routed onto Route 210 (Riverview Road) to Route 163 (South Amherst Highway/Fifth Street).
The crash has also shut down the left shoulder and left lane on the northbound side of Route 29 Business in the area of the incident, but traffic is slowly moving past.
Drivers can continue to anticipate significant delays in this area.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – A tractor-trailer crash has shut down all southbound lanes on Route 29 Business near the exit with Main Street (Exit 1) in Lynchburg Monday afternoon.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), southbound traffic has been halted in the area and the northbound left shoulder and left lane are also closed.
Drivers should anticipate significant delays.