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Woman killed in multi-vehicle crash on Route 199 near Williamsburg (VA)


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Three vehicles were involved in the collision. A woman died at the scene. Another person was injured but is expected to survive.


JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — James City County police investigated a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday morning that killed a woman.


Authorities say the crash took place in the westbound lanes of Route 199 about a half-mile east of the Longhill Road exit around 8:30 a.m.


Three vehicles were involved including a tow truck, a Jeep and a Honda.


After some investigation, police learned that the tow truck had stopped to tow a car that got stuck in the median early that morning. 


Even though the tow truck pulled over on the side of Route 199, it was still taking up a little space in the left lane of the highway. A Jeep Wrangler driving in that lane hit it from behind.


The impact caused the Jeep to go into the right lane where it was struck by a Honda CRV. Even though the driver of the Jeep was wearing a seatbelt, she was ejected due to the force of the impact and died at the scene. Police identified her as 29-year-old Hailey R. Diggs.


The 63-year-old driver of the Honda was rushed to Riverside Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.


The Jeep was totaled and the Honda sustained a lot of damage.


A 38-year-old man driving the tow truck was inside the truck when the crash took place and wasn't hurt.

Route 199 westbound was shut down for several hours as authorities investigated the crash scene. The collision is still under investigation.


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Police identify woman killed in 3-vehicle crash on Route 199 in Williamsburg



WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — One person is dead after a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Williamsburg.

On Tuesday afternoon, James City County police identified the person who died in the crash as 29-year-old Hailey R. Diggs of York County.

Police also said a 63-year-old person who drove a Honda CRV involved in the crash also sustained minor injuries. The third vehicle involved in the crash was a tow truck. The 38-year-old male driver of that vehicle was not injured.


The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. on westbound Route 199 about half a mile east of the Longhill Road exit, James City County police say. It shut down Route 199 between John Tyler Highway and Longhill Road for several hours.


Footage from Chopper 10 showed two vehicles crashed off the road, including the yellow Jeep with heavy damage.


Police said the tow truck had stopped to tow a vehicle that had become stuck in the median earlier Tuesday morning. The truck was partially in the left lane of Route 199.


A 2003 Jeep Wrangler traveling in the left lane then struck the tow truck from behind. The impact caused the Jeep to go into the right lane, where it was hit by a 2018 Honda CRV.


Police said Diggs was wearing a seat belt, but the impact still caused her to be ejected from the Jeep. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The person driving the Honda, a James City County resident, was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News with minor injuries.


The driver of the tow truck was inside the truck when the crash happened, but he was not injured.


Police said the Jeep is totaled. The Honda also sustained significant damage.


Route 199 reopened after being closed for several hours for the investigation.


The crash is still under investigation, police said.


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