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Accident ties up I-81 traffic

Fire and rescue personnel carry the driver up the embankment after her car ran off Interstate 81 southbound and came to a rest under Pughs Run bridge Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

The driver of this 2012 Volkswagen Jetta that ran off I-81 southbound Tuesday afternoon and crashed under the Pughs Run bridge is extricated. The victim, a Middlebrook woman, was flown to Winchester Medical Center. Rich Cooley/Daily

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue staff transport the driver of the car to a helicopter following the Interstate 81 crash Tuesday afternoon near Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

Fire and rescue personnel work to stabilize this car that crashed under the Pughs Run bridge off of Interstate 81 north of Woodstock on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Southbound vehicle went off highway, over embankment

The Virginia Department of Transportation reported a major traffic jam around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 81 between Toms Brook and Woodstock after a vehicle went off the road near mile marker 286.

Traffic was backed up about four miles, according to VDOT. Both southbound lanes and right shoulder were closed, but VDOT reported all lanes cleared by 6:22 p.m.

Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police reported the accident happened around 3:08 p.m. Laura Nordstrom, 48, of Middleburg drove her southbound 2013 Volkswagen Jetta off the right side of the road where it went over a guard rail and down an embankment, Tyler said.

The car came to a rest next to the bridge by Pughs Run, where fire and rescue crews removed Nordstrom from the car and placed her in a helicopter that transported her to Winchester Medical Center.

Tyler said trooper M.W. Little issued a summons for reckless driving-- failure to maintain control to Nordstrom.

The Shenandoah County sheriff's office assisted at the scene.


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