UPDATED: 41-vehicle accident on I-81 near Rockbridge Co. - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

UPDATED: 41-vehicle accident on I-81 near Rockbridge Co.

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Courtesy: Robert Foresman Courtesy: Robert Foresman
Courtesy: Robert Foresman Courtesy: Robert Foresman
Courtesy: Robert Foresman Courtesy: Robert Foresman
ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, VA -

 

UPDATED (11:23 p.m.) :

We're told that both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County have reopened, following the 41-vehicle accident involving six tractor-trailers near mile marker 196.

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(10:46 p.m.)

Virginia State Police have given us new information regarding an accident involving 41 vehicles in Rockbridge County on Mile Marker 196 of Interstate 81 Southbound.

Police say the initial crash took place around 5 p.m., when a vehicle suddenly braked, causing a chain reaction of crashes stretched over a mile and a half. They say the bad weather in the area -- heavy rain paired with dense fog -- caused poor visibility in that area of the interstate at the time of the crash.

Several people were taken to Carillon Stonewall Jackson Hospital, and one person was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial.

No fatalities have been reported, and none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

State Police say at least 8 additional troopers had to be called in to assist with the scene, along with multiple fire and rescue crews.

VDOT estimates that one of the southbound lanes will be reopened between 10 p.m. and midnight.

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(7:30 p.m.)

Both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County remain closed as a result of the 41-vehicle accident.

According to VDOT, the crash at mile marker 196 in Rockbridge County involved six tractor trailers.

The incident was reported shortly after 5 p.m.

Traffic Operation Center operators say it will be several hours before a lane is opened up.

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(6:26 P.M.)

We know now that a total of 41 vehicles are involved in the multi-vehicle accident on I-81 Southbound. The interstate remains closed.

According to Robert Foresman, Rockbridge County's Emergency Management Coordinator, at least three vehicles have overturned, including two tractor trailers and a camper.

We have also received reports of a second accident involving as many as 15 additional vehicles.

We will continue to bring you more information as it comes in to us.

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(6:01 p.m.)

A multi-vehicle accident involving at least 21 vehicles is causing major delays near Rockbridge County on Interstate 81.

It happened around mile marker 196 Southbound.

The accident involved at least four tractor trailers, two of which were overturned.

Rockbridge County Fire & Rescue and several other crews are on scene, and have treated at least 10 patients as a result of the accident.

We have a crew on the way and will continue to bring more information as it comes into our newsroom.

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