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Tractor-trailer driver dies in Botetourt County crash on I-81 South

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – A man is dead after a Botetourt County tractor-trailer crash on Monday, according to Virginia State Police.

Authorities said that the accident happened on I-81 South around 3:45 p.m. at the 159 mile marker.

Thomas Schmidt, 38, was driving a tractor-trailer on I-81 South when it ran off the left side of the road and hit a ditch and several trees before overturning in the median, according to State Police.

Police said Schmidt, from Mansfield, Louisiana, died at the scene. Authorities said that Schmidt was wearing his seatbelt, and the crash remains under investigation.


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