Cement truck overturns off I-81

Virginia state trooper V. O. Evans walks along the crash scene after this tractor trailer overturned on I-81 northbound just north of the Toms Brook exit Friday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
Virginia state trooper C.D. White looks at an overturned tractor trailer that went down an embankment off Interstate 81 at Toms Brook on Friday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
A Virginia Department of Transportation crew member saws a tree that blocked the roadway after this tractor trailer overturned down an embankment. Rich Cooley/Daily
A Virginia Department of Transportation crew member saws a tree that blocked the roadway after this tractor trailer overturned down an embankment. Rich Cooley/Daily
Fire and rescue personnel load the driver of an overturned tractor trailer into a medical helicopter on Interstate 81 northbound just north of Toms Brook on Friday morning. Read story on A6. Rich Cooley/Daily

Interstate 81 northbound lanes were temporarily closed off Friday morning after a single-vehicle crash near mile marker 292.

State Police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler said the incident occurred around 10:05 a.m., when a tractor trailer driver transporting dry cement ran off the road near the Toms Brook exit and struck a guard rail on the right side of the northbound lanes.

He said state police at the incident were assisted by a Motor Carrier Safety team, the Shenandoah Sheriff’s Office and fire and rescue teams from both Shenandoah and Strasburg.

Tyler said the driver,  Lyle Dillon, 59, of Troutville, Virginia, was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Sandy Myers, a spokeswoman for Virginia Department of Transportation, said workers shut down both northbound lanes by 10:19 a.m. and redirected traffic so that the helicopter could land. She said the left lane opened at 10:50 a.m. and the road was clear by 12:12 p.m.

Tyler said that the vehicle would be cleared away on Friday evening and that the incident was still under investigation.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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