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7 Drivers Charged After Chain Reaction Crash, Fire on I-66 in Fairfax County

Seven drivers were charged after a crash that brought traffic to a standstill on Interstate 66 in Fairfax County, Virginia, Thursday evening.

Drivers going eastbound on I-66 swerved to avoid a crash involving two vehicles near Exit 60. But when they moved over, 12 vehicles got into a chain reaction crash, Virginia State Police said.

The first of the chain-reaction crash involved five vehicles. The second chain-reaction crash involved seven vehicles, with the last two catching fire, Virginia State Police said.

State Police said Friday they charged seven of the drivers with following too closely.

Video showed flames engulfing the two vehicles before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Police said one driver had a minor injury and medics treated them at the scene.

All lanes were back open by about 9 p.m.

Traffic was backed up for at least about 2 miles on eastbound I-66 as crews worked to extinguish the fire, and there were also significant delays on westbound I-66 in the area. 

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