Police still looking for truck driver who caused Route 30 shutdown

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Derek Billingsley, 40, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was identified as the driver of a Route 30 crash that caused a four hour shutdown, according to Hellam Township Police.

The driver who police say caused a truck crash that shut down Route 30 for four hours Monday is still being sought by Hellam Township Police, according to Officer Barry Mills.

Derek Billingsley, 40, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was identified as the driver after witnesses participated in a photo lineup Tuesday. Police suspect he was under the influence at the time of the crash, which occurred at 12:09 p.m. Monday between the Hallam and Wrightsville exits, Mills said.

"All evidence points to Derek Billingsley being the driver," Mills said via email. "I obtained video from the company he picked up from earlier that day in Virginia, and it is Billingsley picking up the load and driving this truck away for delivery to Costco in Lancaster."

Cases of water bottles spilled onto Route 30 and Accomac Road during the crash.

Preliminary investigations at the scene suggest Billingsley was heading east in the left lane of Route 30 when he drifted off the road and hit a guard rail, according to Hellam Township Police Chief J. Douglas Pollock.

Witnesses told police they saw Billingsley flee down an embankment on Accomac Road after the crash, but officers could not locate him, according to Pollock.

At the crash scene, Hellam Township Police found a half-smoked marijuana cigarette, a bag of unidentified pills and empty beer cans, he added.

Billingsley's license was suspended in Virginia in January, according to Mills. 

"I will be charging Billingsley with multiple charges," Mills said. "Possibly more charges after the lab tests the rolled cigar and pills found in the truck."

Mills added that he also intends to file charges against the motor carrier and vehicle owner.

All three parties — including Billingsley — have refused to answer calls, and Virginia police were unable to make contact with them at their addresses, Mills said.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.