Multi-vehicle accident cleared on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County

The back-up, as of 10:15 a.m. Saturday, is five miles on I-81 southbound

Both lanes of I-81 SB are blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident near Exit 132 (Copyright 2023 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)


All lanes are now open, and the detour is being removed, according to VDOT.

Authorities said congestion remains, so drivers should still expect delays.


The Virginia Department of Transportation says a multi-vehicle crash is the cause for a backup on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County.

Authorities said both southbound lanes of I-81 at mile marker 131.8 in Roanoke County remain blocked due to a multiple vehicle crash involving an overturned tanker.

Traffic can detour onto Route 11/460 at exit 132 (Dixie Caverns).

As of 10:15 a.m., traffic backups are approximately 5 miles.

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Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.