Crash on Interstate 81 injures three highway workers

Three members of a highway work crew were hospitalized early Wednesday as a result of a vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 81 near Mount Jackson.

The victims were taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital with what the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office called “unknown injuries.”

The Virginia State Police, which investigated the crash, had no information available on the identity of the driver, the victims or the victims’ medical condition.

State police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler said troopers were sent to the scene at 2:28 a.m.

“A vehicle had struck some people in the work zone,” Tyler said, adding the victims were taken to the hospital.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted the state police at the scene, stated  in a Facebook posting that the crash involved a tractor trailer and a line painting truck at mile marker 274.

Tyler said charges were filed against the driver of the vehicle that hit those in the work zone. No information was available on the charges. The highway was reopened by 5 a.m.

Sandy Myers, a spokeswoman with the Virginia Department of Transportation, said the work zone was properly set up. All members of the work crew were employed by a contracting company hired by VDOT.

Myers said the four trucks were spaced 1,000 yards apart with crash cushions on the back of each. The first would have been on the shoulder. The second was in the travel lane with an illuminated arrow telling drivers to change lanes. The third truck also would have an illuminated arrow. The fourth truck doing line painting on the pavement also used an illuminated arrow, Myers said.

“It was set up according to the standards that are mandated for that type of work zone,” Myers said.

Myers said other information about the crash would have to come from the state police.

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

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