Police identify victim of deadly Interstate 81 three-vehicle crash

VDOT: Crash happened along Interstate 81 near mile marker 89

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UPDATE (Sunday 11:30 a.m.)

PULASKI COUNTY, Va - A 73-year-old man is dead after a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 Saturday night.

At 8:51 p.m., state police responded to the crash at mile marker 90 in the southbound lanes of I-81 in Pulaski County. 

A 1991 Oshkosh M1074, a military surplus vehicle, was going south on I-81 when its driver lost control due to the slick road conditions, according to state police.

The vehicle was then hit by two southbound tractor-trailers and police say the M1074 and one of the tractor-trailers came to rest in the median.

Police say the impact of the crash caused the other tractor-trailer to run off left side of the highway, continue through the median, through the guardrail, cross over the northbound lanes of I-81 and strike a fence. 

The driver of the M1074, Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, did not survive the crash and died at the scene. 

Each tractor-trailer driver was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Virginia State Police Wytheville Division's Crash Reconstruction Team has responded to the scene to assist with the ongoing crash investigation. 


State police say one person has died after three tractor-trailers crash on southbound Interstate 81 in Pulaski County.

According to troopers, it's unknown if the snowy weather was a factor in this crash.

Police are still on the scene investigating, and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.


The Virginia Department of Transportation says a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 81 is causing major backups.

The crash happened at mile marker 89 in Pulaski County; near the Lee Highway/Wysor Road exit. 

One lane of both north and southbound routes are closed as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

We will update this story as we learn more from law enforcement and VDOT.

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