GALAX, Va. – About 95 vehicles crashed Sunday along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate near the Virginia-North Carolina border, killing three people and injuring more than 20 others, police said.
Traffic backed up for about 8 miles in the southbound lanes of I-77 in southwest Virginia. Authorities closed the northbound lanes so fire trucks, ambulances and police could get to the wreck.
A series of crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in the area of Fancy Gap Mountain. There was heavy fog at the time.
Driver crashes into Wal-Mart, hurts 4
Four people were hurt Sunday when a driver crashed his vehicle into a Wal-Mart in California and assaulted people in the store, police said.
After the crash, the driver got out his vehicle and used a blunt object to attack people, said San Jose police Officer Albert Morales, a department spokesman.
One person suffered what Morales described as serious injuries. He did not know the extent of the injuries to the three other people but said they were not life-threatening.
Investigators have not determined how fast the driver – described as a male in his 30s – was going at the time of the crash, but the car went about 10 to 20 feet into the store. About 70 people were inside at the time, Morales said.
Nuclear plant accident kills 1
One worker died and three others were injured Sunday morning when a heavy piece of equipment fell on them at an Arkansas nuclear plant, officials said.
The workers were moving the equipment from the turbine building at an Entergy Arkansas plant in Russellville, about 70 miles northwest of Little Rock. The three injured workers were taken to a hospital. The company stressed that there is no danger to the public.
Entergy’s two nuclear reactors were shut down after the accident.
Obamas cross park for Easter service
President Obama attended Easter services at an Episcopal church near the White House where past presidents frequently have worshipped.
The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia took the short walk across Lafayette Park to St. John’s Church Sunday morning.
Obama was greeted by several parishioners with handshakes and smiles as the church members were returning to their seats from Holy Communion, which the first family also joined.
The Obamas have previously worshipped at St. John’s, including Easter services in 2009 and 2012.