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Five Die in Virginia Car Crash

March 19, 2000

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) _ A crash at the heavily traveled interchange of three interstates just outside Washington on Saturday left five people dead, Virginia state police said.

A dump truck heading north on Interstate 95 collided with another vehicle, veered through a guardrail and landed on top of two vehicles heading south, said state police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

The crash was at the interchange of Interstates 95, 495 and 395.

Three people were killed in one vehicle and two people were killed in the second vehicle, Caldwell said. Five people were taken to a hospital, one in critical condition.

Interstate 95, the East Coast’s major north-south artery, was closed for a time in both directions at the Springfield interchange with backups for miles in both directions.

The southbound lanes were reopened in early afternoon.

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