Vehicle fire caused major delays on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County

Fire was about a mile south of I-581 interchange

Southbound traffic on Interstate 81 at mile marker 143. Screenshot taken at 2:52 p.m. on June 2, 2021. (VDOT)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – A vehicle fire caused major delays for drivers on Interstate 81 on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire at mile marker 142, about a mile south of the I-581 interchange, temporarily closed both the southbound right lane and right shoulder.

As of 2:45 p.m., traffic backups are approximately 5.5 miles.

Now, traffic is back to normal.

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