ROANOKE, Va. – UPDATE:
The area is now clear, according to VDOT.
Two separate crashes have closed I-581 South in Roanoke, according to Virginia State Police.
Authorities said one of the crashes happened just before 2:30 p.m. between Orange Ave. Elm St. One crash involved two vehicles and the other crash involved a pedestrian, according to State Police.
As of 2:55 p.m., State Police said all lanes are blocked.
Authorities have asked drivers to avoid travel in downtown and to use patience when traveling in the area.
As of 3:40 p.m., there is no ETA on when the crashes will be cleared.
Stick with this breaking news story as more information becomes available.