A driver died in a vehicle crash near Middletown on northbound Interstate 81 on Monday night.

Sgt. D.E. Adams, of the Virginia State Police, said that a commercial vehicle was driving below the speed limit near the weigh station on I-81, around the 303.5 mile marker,  when an SUV ran into the commercial vehicle.

"At that point in time, for some odd reason — don't know what — [the vehicle caught] on fire," Adams said.

A report from the state medical examiner has not come out yet, so it is unclear whether or not the SUV driver, who has not been identified, died as a result of the impact of the crash or because of the smoke in the car.

Adams said that he did not know the name of the driver. He added that he was not aware of any charges being filed related to the crash.

There was no one else in the SUV, Adams said.

Meanwhile, the Winchester Star reported that the truck driver was Abdelshaka Kharief, 35, of Cleveland. Kharief was not injured in the crash, the Star reported.

According to the Winchester Star, the crash occurred around 11:20 p.m. Monday.

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