Worker memorial reopens on I-64

VDOT reopened the VDOT Workers Memorial overlook along Interstate 64 near Afton last night, and workers are on the scene this morning erecting a metal guardrail.

According to a worker at the site, the guardrail is a temporary fix after Monday morning's tractor-trailer accident. An account published this morning in the Daily Progress, say Joplin, Missouri-based trucker Carolyn Huff, 44, mistook the scenic overlook for the rest area less than a mile downhill.

As the demolished stone wall indicates, Huff and her son, a passenger in the truck, narrowly avoided plummeting down the steep embankment below the overlook. The two were injured and trapped, and Huff was charged with failing to maintain control of her rig. And VDOT may soon be talking to her employer's insurance company, according to VDOT spokesperson Lou Hatter.

Contractor for the temporary repairs is Charlottesville-based Makco Inc. which, Hatter says, holds the district-wide contract for guardrail repairs.