By Katie Demeria
Two single-vehicle crashes on Interstate 81 caused significant delays Wednesday and Thursday, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler.
Thursday's incident occurred around 9:50 a.m. in Frederick County at mile marker 311, Tyler said, and involved a 2014 freight liner tractor trailer hauling another similar tractor.
The driver, Harry Irvin Muylart, 61, of North Richland Hills, Texas, was traveling northbound when he had a medical emergency.
"He crossed through the median, then crossed over the southbound lanes, where the vehicle came to a stop off the right side of the southbound lanes near the shoulder," Tyler said.
The driver was unresponsive, he continued. A passing nurse and the first trooper on scene pulled Muylart out of his vehicle and administered CPR until the emergency medical personnel arrived.
The right southbound lane was closed for about an hour due to the incident.
Tyler said "miraculously," the driver did not hit another vehicle when it entered the southbound lanes. The state trooper on scene, J.M. Myers, described the damage to the vehicle as minimal.
Muylart is currently in the intensive care unit at Winchester Medical Center.
Wednesday's incident occurred in Warren County at mile marker 299 around 3:35 p.m. It involved a 2009 Chevy Tahoe hauling a camper trailer, Tyler said.
The vehicle was operated by Andrew Tebwaarbeek, 67, of Washington, N.J., while his wife Carole Tebwaarbeek, 66, sat in the passenger seat.
"They were traveling southbound in the right lane when the driver lost control of the vehicle, both the vehicle and the trailer overturned in the southbound lanes, blocking the southbound lanes, and that's what attributed to the lengthy lane closure," Tyler said.
The southbound lanes were closed until 5:30 p.m., he added.
According to a Virginia Department of Transportation press release, traffic was backed up 10 miles on I-81 and four miles on Interstate 66.
The trooper investigating the scene, C.P. Maddox, issued a summons to Andrew Tebwaarbeek for reckless driving. Both he and his wife were also cited for failure to wear a seatbelt.
Both were transported to Winchester Medical Center.
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