Deadly crash leaves five dead in Virginia after 70-year-old man drives his pick-up truck the wrong way up busy Interstate during morning rush hour

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A deadly crash in Virginia left five people dead on Tuesday after a man driving a pick-up truck drove the wrong way on Interstate 85 during morning rush hour. 

Walter Edward Skinner, 70, of Richmond, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-85 in Brunswick County just before 6 a.m. when he struck a silver Toyota Corolla, killing himself and the four people inside the other car. 

The victims inside the Toyota were 'burned beyond recognition,' according to police, and investigators are still trying to identify them and contact loved ones.

Horror: A deadly crash in Virginia left five people dead on Tuesday after a man driving a pick-up truck drove the wrong way on Interstate 85 during morning rush hour

Horror: A deadly crash in Virginia left five people dead on Tuesday after a man driving a pick-up truck drove the wrong way on Interstate 85 during morning rush hour

Moments before the collision, a motorist had spotted Skinner's 2006 Honda pick-up driving the wrong way on the Interstate and called police. 

But the call came too late.

 

'Before the troopers could even respond to this location, the pick-up truck hit another vehicle head-on,' Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya told WTVR.

Anaya said it's too early in the investigation to determine why or how the truck got on the wrong side of the interstate, which is divided by grass and trees.

Killed on impact:

Killed on impact: Walter Edward Skinner, 70, of Richmond, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-85 in Brunswick County just before 6 a.m. when he struck a silver Toyota Corolla, killing himself and the four people inside the other car

'We do not know if alcohol, sleep deprivation, or what caused the accident,' she told CNN. 

Police shut down the Interstate for five hours as they investigated the crash, interrupting a morning commute for thousands of drivers.

 

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Sometimes you're too old to drive... and the tricky part is that this happens at different ages for different people. Also, if you live away from the main city, the inability to drive can drastically reduce your ability to perform basic functions in life (shopping, going to hospital visits, etc), so older people are reluctant to give up an ability they've had their entire adult life.

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All the stories I've read about someone going the opposite way on an on ramp or the freeway are of elderly people. Maybe they should be banned from driving to keep our kids safe.....

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After a certain age it should be mandatory to take the driving test again every few years. Nobody needed to die. Rest in Peace.

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I might be wrong, but I suspect another individual that should've had his license taken away due to impaired driving skills associated with age, dementia or sickness.

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My condolences to the family and friends of those who perished in this awful accident.

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Their needs to be a law that people who turn 70 years old are required to retake their driving test and eye exam. RIP to all who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

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He must have really been moving to have folded his truck nearly in half. Seventy is not too old to be competent behind the wheel; I'm assuming there must have been something going on that wasn't age related.

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