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Tractor-trailer driver dies after crash leads to 40-foot fall off I-81N bridge in Roanoke County

Ramp from I-581N to I-81S now open

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va.UPDATE

The ramp from I-581N onto I-81S in Roanoke County is now open, according to VDOT.

UPDATE

Authorities say the driver of the tractor-trailer died at the scene after falling 40 feet off a bridge on I-81N in Roanoke County.

Authorities said the tractor-trailer was headed north on I-81 when it ran off the side of the road and crashed onto the underpass below, at the I-81 S on-ramp from I-581. The crash happened near mile marker 143 at about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

A tractor-trailer driver is dead after a crash led to them falling 40 feet to the ground off a bridge on I-81N, according to Virginia State Police.

According to state police, the driver died at the scene and there were no other vehicles involved in the crash.

The north exit ramp is closed, and the off-ramp to I-81S is blocked as of 5 a.m. Thursday, according to VDOT.

Authorities say they are in the process of notifying the driver’s family.

The crash remains under investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY

State police said one person is dead after a single-vehicle tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County.

It happened Wednesday night near mile marker 143.7.

Authorities said the tractor-trailer was headed north on I-81 when it ran off the side of the road and crashed onto the underpass below, at the I-81 S on ramp from I-581.

The I-581 to I-81 southbound ramp will be closed while the crash is cleared.

As of 11:24 p.m., the northbound right lane was closed and the right shoulder of the on ramp was blocked, according to VDOT. Drivers in that area should expect delays.


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