BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – LATEST
State police said the man who died in a crash on Interstate 81 south in Botetourt County on Wednesday morning was 30-year-old Michael Kreul, of Lexington.
A tractor-trailer driver involved in the crash has been charged after state police said they were illegally parked on the side of the interstate.
Kreul was headed south on I-81 in a Dodge Ram when he ran off the right side of the road and hit a tractor-trailer that was parked illegally on the shoulder.
The Dodge Ram ended up in the left lane and was hit by a Freightliner.
The drivers of the tractor-trailers were not hurt.
Kreul was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after the crash where he later died.
A man is dead after a tractor-trailer crash on I-81S in Botetourt County, according to Virginia State Police.
Authorities say a pickup truck hit an illegally parked tractor parked on the shoulder near mile marker 158 around 5:15 a.m. According to police, the pickup then rested in the road and was hit by another tractor-trailer going south.
The man was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where police say he later died.
Troopers say they are working to notify family.
According to police, I-81 will remain blocked until the vehicles are removed. A detour has been set up at exit 162.
The crash remains under investigation.
A tractor-trailer crash has closed I-81S in Botetourt County, according to VDOT.
Authorities say the crash happened near mile marker 158. As of 6:50 a.m., traffic is backed up for about 2 miles.
Drivers should expect delays.
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