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One dead after multi-vehicle crash on I-81 in Wythe County

One person is dead after a tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Wythe County on Friday afternoon.
One person is dead after a tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Wythe County on Friday afternoon. (Sanghita Datta)

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – One person is dead after a tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Wythe County on Friday afternoon.

One person is dead after a tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Wythe County on Friday afternoon.
One person is dead after a tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Wythe County on Friday afternoon. (Sanghita Datta)

A box truck has headed south on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the road, crossed through the median and into the northbound lanes, according to Virginia State Police.

The box truck hit a car and two tractor-trailers in the northbound lanes, which caused one of the trucks to run off the road into the median.

The crash happened just before 3 p.m., and as of 7:10 p.m., the crash was still causing delays in both directions.

At one point, all north and southbound lanes were closed and traffic was backed up about four miles northbound and six miles southbound, according to VDOT.

The crash remains under investigation.


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