One Killed, Six Injured in I-66 Seven-Vehicle Pile-Up; Victims Identified

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UPDATED 3:30 p.m., 8/25 Virginia State Police have identified the victims of yesterday’s chain-reaction collision on I-66. Killed what authorities now was was an eight-vehicle pile-up was Joseph M. Castellano, 28, of McLean. his 28-year-old wife suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to a D.C. hospital.

Investigators say the pile-up began when a 2007 BMW sedan driven by Jonathyn R. Bland, 40, of Centreville, rear-ended the vehicle in front of it and went on to collide with a tractor-trailer truck that was also westbound on I-66. Bland was taken to Reston Hospital Center and was also charged with reckless driving.

Police say that after colliding with Bland’s car, the tractor-trailer collided with several other vehicles, including a Toyota Rav4 driven by Castellano. The tractor-trailer then overturned and Castellano’s car ran off the right side of the highway and hit a Jersey wall, flipped over it and caught fire.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Shahbaz Singh, 34, of Fairfax, was transported to Reston Hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. He was charged with reckless driving. The tractor-trailer was loaded with water bottles.

Three other individuals were transported to Reston Hospital — one serious, but non-life threatening injuries and the two others suffered minor injuries.

I-66 has been the scene of numerous accidents this year as construction of new toll lanes proceeds.

UPDATED 3:15 p..m. At least one person has been killed and six others injured in a multiple-vehicle pile-up on I-66 Saturday. Virginia State Police said one person died at the scene and another was flown to a D.C. hospital with severe burns.

The accident involved four sedans, an SUV, a pickup truck and a tractor trailer. It happened about 11 a.m. near Exit 53 between Route 28 and the Fairfax County Parkway, Route 286, in the westbound lanes.

One car went slammed into a Jersey barrier and caught fire. One person had to be extricated by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews. The driver suffered severe burns and the passenger was dead at the scene. Police were still working to identify the victims, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

The accident caused extensive delays well into the afternoon.

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