State police identify tractor-trailer driver killed in I-81 wreck

Crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer, Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager, Heather Butterworth - Digital Content Producer

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. - THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

State police have identified the tractor-trailer driver who died in a wreck on I-81 on Wednesday.

Joseph Daniel McDowell was a 53-year-old Richmond resident. He was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene, according to state police. 

UPDATE

One person is dead after a crash on Interstate 81 Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened at 3:11 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-81 at the 140.5-mile marker when a tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road and over an embankment, according to Virginia State Police.  

The driver was the only person in the truck and died at the scene.

Police say the truck was carrying wood products and that there was a fuel leak after the crash, which crews are working to contain.

ORIGINAL STORY

A tractor-trailer crash is causing delays on I-81 North in Roanoke County, according to VDOT. 

The accident happened around mile marker 140 and has closed the right lane and right shoulder. 

As of 4:55 p.m., traffic is backed up for about 6 miles

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