Crash damages bridge at Middlesex-Gloucester line, VSP investigating

Virginia State Police launched an investigation into the truck crash that damaged the bridge over Dragon Run and closed one northbound lane of Rt. 17 at the Gloucester-Middlesex line.

The crash occurred Monday around noon.

According to VSP, Alvin T. McGowan, a 48-year-old of North Chesterfield, was heading northbound in a 2016 Volvo VHD64T. The truck ran off the road on the right side, hit a guardrail, hit the bridge, and then struck the guardrail a second time.

McGowan was not injured, VSP confirmed.

VDOT announced a single-lane closure on the northbound side within the noon hour, and it remains underway.

The department says the closure is necessary to allow space for crews to make repairs as 60 feet of the bridge rail was damaged by the crash along with about a total of 275 feet of guardrail, including damage north and south of the bridge.

McGowan has already been charged with reckless driving, and VSP said the crash remains under investigation.

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