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.