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Durham men killed in I-95 wreck in Virginia

Posted July 30, 2010 11:32 a.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2010 11:38 a.m. EDT

— Two Durham men were killed Thursday morning in a wreck on Interstate 95 north of Richmond, Va., authorities said.

A 2004 Oldsmobile Alero was northbound on I-95 near Route 30 at about 7 a.m. when the driver, Teresa E. Bridges, 51, ran off the left side of the highway, over-corrected, and struck a tree, authorities said.

The two back-seat passengers were killed in the wreck. They were identified as Joe L. Thomas, 75, and Garry W. Estes, 45. Thomas wasn't wearing a seat belt, but Estes was, authorities said.

Bridges, who wasn't wearing her seat belt, suffered serious injuries, but authorities said they weren't life-threatening. She was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond for treatment.

The front seat passenger, Spencer D. Bridges, 52, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered serious life-threatening injuries in the wreck and also was taken to VCU Medical Center.

The family was traveling from Durham to Washington, D.C., for a college graduation at the time of the crash, authorities said.

Driver fatigue was a factor in the wreck, and authorities charged Teresa Bridges with reckless driving.