An Alexandria man was killed just before 6 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 66 after he was struck by a vehicle.
Oscar Fernandez, 60, had just been involved in a two-vehicle crash at the location and was outside of his vehicle on the shoulder of the highway when he was hit, said Sgt. Brent Coffey, of the Virginia State Police.
A driver in a 2005 Toyota Sienna was traveling west on the interstate at the 11-mile marker in the right lane when he lost control and collided with a 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was traveling in the left lane, according to a state police news release. The impact caused the Toyota to run off the right side of the interstate, striking Fernandez. He died at the scene.
The driver of the Toyota, a 58-year-old man from Nokesville, was treated on the scene for minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt, according to the news release. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 68-year-old man from Pennsylvania, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the release states.
Slick road conditions were factors in the cause of both crashes. Both crashes remain under investigation, the release states.
Coffey offered some suggestions for anyone involved in a similar situation.
“If at all possible, stay in your vehicle until emergency personnel arrive on scene. Anytime you exit your vehicle on the roadways, be mindful of traffic, wear reflective clothing and keep your eyes on the traffic for potential dangers,” he said.