Crash halts traffic on I-81
A crash involving two tractor trailers on southbound Interstate 81 at mile marker 272 near Mount Jackson closed both lanes Tuesday.
The crash occurred at 11:30 a.m. when a tractor trailer carrying paper and driven by a 54-year-old man with a 26-year-old man in the passenger seat ran off the roadway to the left. Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler said the driver over corrected and collided with a tractor trailer carrying general freight driven by a 58-year-old man in the right lane.
Tyler said both vehicles went off the right side of the roadway. The truck carrying paper overturned and blocked the right lane. The other truck went over the right embankment.
The 54-year-old driver was airlifted to University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville and the 26-year-old passenger was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Tyler said. The 58-year-old driver was not injured. There names were not released.
At one point the traffic backup was approximately 5 miles long, and a detour was established off exit 273 to U.S. Route 11 to be rerouted back onto I-81 south at exit 269. All lanes were reopened by 3:55 p.m.
The Virginia State Police was assisted by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, fire and rescue units from Shenandoah County and the Mount Jackson Police Department.
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