Police identify man who died in Interstate 81 crash in Botetourt County

Authorities said he was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene

Police identify man who died in Interstate 81 crash in Botetourt County

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va.UPDATE (April 11, 2021-6:30 p.m.)

The driver who died after a crash on Interstate 81 near Botetourt County on Tuesday has been identified, according to Virginia State Police.

81-year-old Juan Earl Hackley, of Lanham, Maryland, was the driver of the Ford Fusion and authorities said he was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

According to authorities, the Toyota was driven by Cheyenne E. Clark, 18, of Wytheville, and authorities said she had on her seatbelt.

Authorities said she and her two passengers were transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for serious, but not life-threatening injuries.


UPDATE

Crash happened in Botetourt County on Tuesday afternoon.

Police have provided more details about a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 on Tuesday afternoon that left one dead and several others injured, according to Virginia State Police.

At about 3:26 p.m., state police received a call reporting a reckless driver at the southbound 181-mile marker on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County. Before that call, multiple other reports about the same vehicle came in.

Police said a 2014 Ford Fusion hit another vehicle in the rear at the 175-mile marker in Rockbridge and continued driving south without stopping. One Virginia State Trooper was able to locate the vehicle driving at a high speed.

According to authorities, the driver of the Fusion would not yield to emergency equipment and continued traveling at speeds of about 90 to 100 mph while passing other vehicles

At the 155.2 mile marker, the Fusion hit a 2010 Toyota Camry in the rear, leading the Fusion to lose control and roll over, ejecting the driver from the vehicle.

The three occupants of the Toyota, one woman and two 17-year-olds were transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police say.

According to police, the driver of the Fusion died at the scene.


ORIGINAL STORY

Drivers heading south towards Roanoke should avoid Interstate 81 right now.

At mile marker 155, about 5 miles north of the Daleville exit, all southbound lanes are closed due to “other security/police activity,” according to VDOT.

Currently, traffic backups are about 4 miles long.

All southbound traffic is being detoured off of I-81 South at Exit 156, onto Route 640, then US-11 South, and back onto I-81 South at Exit 150.

VDOT has blacked out multiple traffic cameras both north and south of mile marker 155.

10 News has a crew heading to the area to learn more about what’s happening.


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