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Morning commute slowed

Sandbridge Road closed for a time today

Residents and visitors to Sandbridge were inconvenienced this morning when Sandbridge road was blocked by an overturned tractor-trailer rig early this morning.

This is not a wall, but rather the bottom of a tractor-trailer blocking Sandbridge traffic this morning

The driver of the truck was not hurt in the incident which occurred at 7:30 AM this morning in foggy and rainy conditions.   Traffic was re-routed through the Dam Neck base while the truck was being cleared.  The road was re-opened as 11:30 AM.
Stuck in Traffic!  (Picture Courtesy of Joan Davis)

The truck overturned in almost exactly the same place where a fatal car accident took place involving an adult driver than 5 children just two weeks ago to the day.  Three children and the adult driver were killed on Wednesday, April 16th when a car went off the road and the driver then over-corrected and ended up going across the road into the path of an oncoming truck.   

Even though it was revealed that speed and alcohol were a factor in the accident two weeks ago, the accident set off a strong feelings in the community regarding the safety of Sandbridge road.   Just last week more than 30 Sandbridge residents turned out at the Virginia Beach City Council meeting to urge council members to move forward with the Nimmo Parkway extension project into Sandbridge in the name of safety.  On Monday, April 21st the Sandbridge Civic league meeting drew more than 180 Sandbridge residents to show their support for improvements to the road.

Sandbridge resident Joan Davis, president of the Sandbridge Beach Civic League, presented a letter at the council meeting from Delegate Barry Knight, encouraging the council to make the Nimmo Parkway extension a priority and pledging to advocate for the project in the General Assembly.

By Tim Cafferty, President, Sandbridge Blue Realty Services
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