The crash took place on the westbound lanes, but drivers moving along the eastbound lanes distracted by gawking at the vehicle smash-up themselves got into accidents, police said.
There were no fatalities reported, but several of those injured were in serious condition, state police said.
Virginia State Police said fog and ice were on Queens Creek Bridge at 7:51 a.m. when the crashes began.
Both lanes were shut down for a period of time before authorities were able to reopen the east-bound lanes in the late morning hours.
Authorities said 11 people suffered serious injuries; the rest were minor.
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A VCU Health rep confirms for NBC12 that at least two people are being treated a their medical center. It wasn't immediately clear if others were injured in that crash.
Another 21 people went to Regional Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg, according to Glagola. Detours were set up with the help of the York County Sheriff's office and Virginia's Department of Transportation.
A massive 69 vehicle pileup in a Virginia interstate on Sunday led to 51 people being hospitalized, state authorities reported.
"The numbers are changing because this was a large incident".
According to the police, 69 total vehicles were involved in the wreckage. "Eastbound opened up around 11o'clock, and westbound lanes had recently opened around 3:15pm", said Sgt. Anaya.
"My thoughts are with all involved in the multi-vehicle accident near Williamburg this morning", Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, tweeted Sunday afternoon, thanking emergency crews, first responders and hospital staffers.