VA Beach Truck Injury Accident Lawyer Report – Names Released in Fatal Powhatan Big Rig Crash

By Jim Hurley, Richmond, VA Trucking Accident Injury Attorney

The identities of the three people who died in a devastating multiple truck crash in Powhatan County near Richmond, Virginia (VA) are starting to be made public. But the cause of this horrific crash on March 26, 2012 remains unclear.

Three people perished and several more people were injured, in an accident that involved five trucks on Route 60 near Bell Road in Powhatan, VA, reported..


See these pictures of the wreck scene.

Virginia State Police are still looking into the cause of this accident. It is known that a dump truck, hauling sludge that was headed west on Route 60, crossed the yellow line and struck a log truck.

It’s not yet know what caused the dump truck to cross a center line and, given the fact the driver was a fatality in this accident, it may never be known.

The dead driver of the dump truck was identified as Russell R. Abel Jr., 23, of Chesterfield, VA.

The names of the other two people who died have not yet been identified. WTVR reported Dray D. Jones, 25, of Cumberland, VA, who was driving the truck behind the two that collided, is being treated for serious life-threatening injuries and is at VCU Medical Center.

As Richmond, VA truck accident injury lawyers our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible crash and their families.

We recently reported how wrongful death or serious personal injury suits may come out of this crash. The dump truck driver clearly committed a traffic violation but it’s unclear if fatigue or any other contributory factors were to blame.

This crash demonstrates the potential for horrific wrecks when big rigs collide.

These are difficult cases that require expertize. In 2010 my colleague John Cooper was recognized for successfully handling a case that resulted in a $3.5 million settlement, the highest amount received in any reported settlement of a car of truck accident lawsuit that year in the state.

In this sad case young father who was killed when a dump truck driver failed to pay sufficient attention to what he was doing on Interstate 264 in Norfolk, VA.


The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.
John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.
John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website

About Cooper Hurley Law

Experienced personal injury attorneys John Cooper and Jim Hurley are the partners of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. They are joined by attorneys Griff O'Hanlon and Bill O'Mara. The firm has a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Cooper Hurley works with clients who have been injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, those who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, and people hurt at businesses and by dangerous products.
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