UPDATE: Police I.D. Driver Killed in I-95 South Tractor-Trailer Accident

Woman was from Woodbridge.

UPDATE, Friday 2:20 p.m. - Virginia State Police identified the victim of the Thursday morning crash as Sarah M. Jones, 29, of Woodbridge, in a news release sent out Friday afternoon.


UPDATE, Thursday 4:50 p.m. - The driver who died in a crash on Interstate 95 near Lorton Thursday morning was a woman driving an orange Kia who pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer as she attempted to merge into southbound lanes, according to a news release from the Virginia State Police. Police are in the process of finding and notifying her next of kin before releasing her identity. The driver died at the scene.

The crash tied up traffic for about four hours, from about 11:37 a.m. until 3:27 p.m., police said in the release.

The driver of the truck, a 49 year-old man from Chesterfield, Va., was transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing his seat belt, police said. The truck driver was transporting 20,000 pounds of carpet. The name Beaulieu, a carpet manufacturer based in Dalton, Ga., is printed on the truck.

The truck driver attempted to steer clear of the merging car, police said, by swerving to the left. But the two collided and the truck rolled down an embankment and jackknifed, police said.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.


Original story, posted at noon on Thursday: 

Virginia State Police report that one person is dead Thursday morning in an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer. 

The accident happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95 at the 163 mile marker. (Exit 163 itself is the main Lorton exit.) Virginia State Police did not say who was killed in the incident. 

Two southbound lanes are closed and will remain so as police investigate and remove the truck and vehicle from the scene. 

Stay with Patch for more information as it becomes available. 

John Doe September 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I was a witness to this accident. If the family of the woman who lost her life is reading this- I called 911 and others did also. I stayed with her until help arrived. I do not know if she was alive, but I spoke to her and reassured her that help was on the way- everything that could be done to help her was being done. Rescue Squads arrived right away with all the equipment needed to help. Everyone did their best. I prayed for her and others did as well. She was not alone. I hope that gives your family comfort as you grieve the loss of your loved one. My family is now praying for your family. We are so sorry for your loss.
James Cullum September 07, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Thanks for the comment, John. What a terrible experience, but you're right - at least she was not alone.
nicole September 07, 2012 at 03:02 AM
My father did everything he could to avoid the accident and my family as well as he is pryaing for the family and sending our condolences.
Sherrie Johnson September 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
My twin granddaughters worked with Sara and they were very good friends. Her death has devastated them. I will pass your comments on to them so they know she was not alone. Thank you for being a caring person.
Marc September 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I saw this accident as well. And I also offer my condolences for this family's loss. A tragic accident I am sure. However, it is important to note that the Truck driver was not at fault. I saw that Kia swerve into the truck's path. This woman was not paying attention to her surroundings and on a road like I-95 that can be fatal. This is an unfortunate lesson to have to learn but I hope other young drivers will take heed or their families will lament also.
R September 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
While she wasn't a family member of mine, we had worked together for many years, and she was my friend. I'll miss her smile and her love of life. And I want to thank you for staying with her when we couldn't be there for her....
Kendall September 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thank you for being there with her, we all wish this all didn't hapen,I also worked with her for a few years and saw her just recently, I still can't believe this :(
Teri T September 07, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I have worked with Sarah for over 5 years at WAH and her new job at RVRC/CVCA ..and she will truly be missed and she was dearly loved by all...she had a laugh that was so contagious, i will miss you and just know she is in good hands now... R.I.P lovely Lady..and to the gentleman that stood by her side , i thank you from the bottom of my heart for staying with her..love always, Teri T
Audrey September 07, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I worked with her. She was an amazing person and was so happy with the way life was going. This is a tragic death but i hope we all learn to drive more carefully. Especially in the rain and the speed on the highway. Im so glad someone stopped and was there for her last few moments. We will all miss her very much! It hit our friends and coworkers really hard and are still in shock. :'(
Gaby September 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I worked with Sarah for a few years. She was funny, kind and caring. All of her friends and co workers are really sad by her untimely death. Thank you to the gentleman who stayed with her. I'm glad to know she wasn't alone during her final moments. May you RIP Sarah. We will miss you very much. Gaby A.
Brittany Marbaker September 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I worked with Sarah Jones for a few years. She was a great person and was loved by so many. I still cannot believe this happened to her she was taken way too earl and to young. My prayers are with her family and friends in this time of sorrow. RIP Sarah you will truly be missed by so many that loved you. We will miss you very much Brittany M.
Kim McCampbell September 07, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I work at the Regional Vet Referral Center with her and she was a great lady and was getting ready to bring a new french bulldog puppy into her life. RIP Sarah, you will be very missed...thank you to the person who stayed by her side until the emergency workers got to her...All of us at the Referral Center will miss you... Kim
Jaime C. September 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
The world will be a little less brighter with the loss of Sarah. We worked together for many years at WAH and just recently started new endeavors with her at RVRC and myself at The Hope Center. I remember how excited and happy we both were. She will be missed by all her friends and family, and all her extended families in the Veterinary field as well. She was a remarkable, talented, funny, and kind soul. I will miss her laughter, snarky sarcasm, and infectious smile. Thoughts and condolences to her family in this time of loss.
Jaime C. September 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Thank you for staying with her, it's comforting to us (her friends and family) that she was not alone. We will miss her dearly.
Jennae Taggart September 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I worked with Sarah for many years at WAH. She was an amazing person and I'm truley blessed for having known her. Everyone who knew her , loved her, you just couldn't help it...she was that awesome!! My heart and prayers are with all her friends and family. Thank you so much for your post John Doe, you stayed with her and prayed for her and she was not alone....that means so much to all of us who loved her. RIP Sarah Jones....I will miss you forever! Jennae Taggart
Elaine September 07, 2012 at 10:46 PM
working overnights Sara brought us close...even when she went back to day shift she always made time for a huge hug whenever she saw me...this I will truly miss. To Sara's family and Kelly W family=you all are in my prayers. To the gentleman that stood by my friend= Thank you for being her angel that morning. Rest in Peace...LOVE, E
elaine September 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
This is extremely sad. R.I.p. sara, we will all miss u. And will cherish our crazy conversations by the mri trailer...Elaine P.


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