Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
June 30, 2016
VDOT THANKS LOCAL DRIVER FOR SWIFT ACTION FOLLOWING JUNE 2 CRASH ON I-95
Cardboard covered most lanes of I-95 north and south in downtown Richmond
VDOT Richmond District Engineer Rob Cary presents Steve Burruss, employee of Riverside Brick & Supply Co., Inc., with a certificate of thanks
SOUTH CHESTERFIELD – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District team members thanked a local driver this week for his swift action following a major crash that closed most lanes of I-95 on Thursday, June 2. The crash occurred when a truck traveling southbound hit the median barrier, lost its load of cardboard across all lanes of I-95 and then crashed into the Broad St. bridge abutment. Just moments after the crash, Steve Burruss, who was driving his company’s truck, was stopped on I-95 north after the truck sustained damage from the crash. Armed with a little time and the forklift he was transporting, Burruss sprang into action, quickly clearing the cardboard to the shoulders so that traffic could get moving again.
“Steve’s initiative and swift actions saved Richmond’s drivers time and money that day,” said Richmond District Engineer, Rob Cary, P.E., L.S., “We estimate that it takes five minutes for congestion to clear for every minute the interstate is closed in one direction. Remarkably, Steve began clearing only 17 minutes after the crash and opened two lanes within 34 minutes.” With all lanes completely closed by first responders, Burruss was able to safely move the equipment freely to quickly start the cleanup process.
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Steve Burruss and Mike Wray, of Riverside Brick & Supply Co., Inc,. watch news story with the Richmond District team during its weekly executive staff meeting. VDOT invited three team members from Riverside Brick & Supply Co. Inc.; Steve Burruss, the truck driver and forklift operator, his dispatcher, David Strbavy and the company’s president, Mike Wray, to thank them for their quick thinking and use of the company’s equipment during cleanup.
The Richmond District executive staff poses with Steve Burruss, Mike Wray and David Strbavy during a weekly staff meeting when VDOT presented the company with a certificate of thanks
Crash cleanup was expedited by brick truck driver, Steve Burruss, following his company’s vehicle’s disablement. Burruss used the forklift to clear cardboard to the interstate shoulders.
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