Crash kills motorcyclist on I-81 Tuesday morning

By Joe Beck

A motorcyclist died Tuesday morning in a crash on Interstate 81 that was linked to an earlier accident in the same area near Mount Jackson.

Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler of the Virginia State Police said late Tuesday that the name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Tyler said the motorcycle traveling in the southbound lane at 7:10 a.m. hit the rear end of a box trailer hitched to a pickup truck.

Tyler said the crash came during a traffic backup caused by an accident around 6:25 a.m. in the southbound lane of I-81 around mile marker 272.

The first crash involved a 2002 Mack tractor-trailer that ran off the right side of the road and overturned, Tyler said. The crash caused traffic to back up for several miles and led to the motorcyclist closing from behind on the box trailer and crashing into it, Tyler said.

The motorcyclist died of injuries received in the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 59-year-old man from Pennsylvania, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital for treatment, Tyler said.

The truck was carrying general freight, Tyler said.

Tyler said the truck driver was issued a citation for reckless driving.

The highway lanes were cleared for normal traffic flow by 9:30 a.m., according to Tyler.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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