One dead after tractor-trailer crash on I-81S in Rockbridge County

VSP said they were called to the scene at about 11 p.m. Sunday

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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police says one person is dead following a two-vehicle crash on I-81S in Rockbridge County.

Authorities told 10 News that the crash happened at about 11 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 4) at the 202 mile marker, not far from Sterrett Road.

Virginia State Police has confirmed that a Nissan Versa was driving south when it ran off the side of the road, hit a guardrail and came to a rest, blocking the southbound lanes.

That’s when a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was also driving south hit the Nissan.

The driver of the Nissan has been identified as 37-year-old Ashley Mason Rhodes, of Virginia Beach.

Rhodes was injured and taken to the Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured and no charges are pending at this time, according to VSP.

Virginia State Police says the crash remains under investigation.


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