Tractor Trailer Crash in Augusta Closes I-81 Northbound Lanes
Investigators say the weather is to blame for causing an early morning wreck Friday. Gusty winds caused a tractor trailer to lose control and flip over both northbound lanes of Interstate-81 near Weyers Cave at 5:15 a.m.
The accident backed up traffic about 10 miles during the morning commute. The driver of the tractor trailer had minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
No charges will be filed and no other vehicles were involved.
It took crews until 1:30 p.m. to clean up the wreckage, replace a section of guard rail, and get both lanes back open.
Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release
A crash involving a tractor trailer has closed both Interstate northbound lanes at mile marker 234 in Augusta County.
Traffic is being detoured at exit 227 located at Route 612 in the Verona area. Traffic will proceed north on Route 11 and rejoin I-81 at exit 235, which is at Route 256. There is no estimate yet when the I-81 northbound lanes will reopen. Motorists should expect significant delays in this area.
A line of snow showers and snow squalls has moved through the area causing spotty slick road conditions. Minor to moderate conditions can be found throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Motorists should allow extra time for any travel in the area this morning.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews are deployed and treating roads.
Virginia State Police Press Release
At approximately 5:15 a.m. Friday (Feb. 1), Virginia State Police responded to an overturned tractor-trailer in the northbound lanes of I-81 at the 234 mile marker in Augusta County.
As the double-trailered commercial vehicle was heading north on I-81, a gust of wind caught the rear trailer and caused it to fishtail. The trailer then overturned bringing down with it the first trailer and the tractor. The tractor-trailer ended up overturning across both northbound lanes of I-81. The driver, of Greenville, S.C., suffered only minor injuries in the crash. He was not transported for treatment. No charges will be placed. No other vehicles were involved.
Northbound I-81 is being re-opened at this time. One lane will remain closed until the guardrail is fixed.