Tractor-trailer driver killed in Roanoke County crash Wednesday

Power lines are still across the road, police ask driver to avoid area


The driver of the tractor-trailer involved in a Roanoke County crash Wednesday night is dead, according to police.

Police say 56-year-old Jeffery Allen Sutherlin died at the scene, and there were no other cars involved. 

Raymond Torres, the commander of the Roanoke County Police Department, says the truck was carrying sand and that bystanders were trying to use it to put out the fire. 

Authorities say power lines are still across the road, and ask drivers to avoid the area. 

The incident is still under investigation.   

Roanoke County crews are on the scene of a tractor-trailer accident, according to authorities. 

Authorities say the tractor-trailer hit a telephone pole, leaving power lines across the road on Catawba Valley Drive at Keffer Road. 

The Roanoke County Police Department and Fire and Rescue are on scene, and this is still under investigation. 

Authorities are asking drivers to avoid the area. 

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