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Posted August 17, 2012 | 10 Comments
Tractor trailer crash closes I-81 for seven hours
Daily staff report
An overturned tractor-trailer closed traffic in the southbound lane of Interstate 81 near Woodstock Thursday night and Friday morning for about seven hours, Virginia State Police said.
State police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler said the driver, Lawrence Cook, 58, of Kingsport, Tenn. was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and later released.
Tyler said Cook was traveling southbound around 10:50 p.m. when his 2012 Peterbilt truck, loaded with vehicle parts, ran off the right side of the road around the 281-mile marker on I-81. The truck struck the side of the bridge and a guard rail before rolling down an embankment, according to Tyler.
S.A. Lam, the trooper investigating the crash, issued Cook a summons for reckless driving, Tyler said.
Tyler said no information was available on the results of a bridge inspection conducted at the site by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The Woodstock Department of Fire and Rescue, Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue and Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office also responded to the call, Tyler said.