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Woman, four kids hospitalized after crash on Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel

WVEC-TV Norfolk logo WVEC-TV Norfolk 1/23/2022 13News Now Staff, Eugene Daniel

A woman and four children were taken to a hospital following a crash inside the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel Saturday. 


According to Virginia State Police, the collision happened around 6:15 p.m., on I-664 southbound inside the tunnel in Newport News and involved three vehicles.

A female driver sustained life-threatening injuries, and four children were taken to Norfolk General Hospital, police said. 

Southbound traffic on the MMMBT Tunnel remained at a complete standstill for part of Saturday evening; however, the lanes are now open. 

According to police, the injured woman traveled southbound at a high rate of speed in a Dodge SUV. All four children were passengers in the vehicle and are under 10 years old. 

The woman, traveling in the left lane, attempted to pass a black Mercedes ahead of her in the same lane.  When the driver changed lanes inside the tunnel to go around the slower vehicle, the Dodge SUV hit the rear of a tow truck traveling in the right lane, police said. 

The Dodge SUV then collided with the Mercedes and "pin balled between the tunnel walls," read a VSP preliminary report.  The front right passenger door was ripped off, and the injured woman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected out of the door, said police. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Author's Note: The video below is on file from a separate story that aired on Jan. 22, 2022. While the crash occurred on the MMMBT in Newport News, officials encourage drivers to stay off the roads due to the ice.

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