A chain reaction crash in Augusta County has left one man dead.
The accident happened just before 11 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 81 northbound near Weyers Cave. State police say it started when a pickup truck flipped over, and its driver ran away on foot.
A Ford Expedition swerved to avoid that first crash, and a tractor-trailer hit it.
The Ford's driver, 51-year-old Daniel Manso Jr. of New York City, died at the scene and a passenger is at the University of Virginia hospital with critical injuries.
Police arrested the driver of the pickup Friday morning in Harrisonburg on a reckless driving charge.
Virginia State Police Press Release
AUGUSTA CO. – A New York man was killed and two other men were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 Thursday night (April 4, 2013) in Augusta County.
At approximately 10:40 p.m. Thursday, a 1994 Dodge pickup truck traveling north on I-81 ran off the left side of the road and overturned in the median at the 234 mile marker. The driver, Samuel J. Russo Jr., 46, of Harrisonburg, fled the scene on foot before troopers arrived.
Further investigation and with the assistance of the City of Harrisonburg Police, Russo was located early Friday morning in the city. Russo is now charged with reckless driving, with additional charges still pending. Moments after the pickup truck crashed, a northbound Ford Expedition swerved to avoid the pickup causing the driver to lose control. The Expedition spun sideways in the northbound lanes and was struck by a northbound tractor-trailer.
The driver of the Expedition, Daniel R. Manso Jr., 51, of Bronx, N.Y., died at the scene. The passenger, an adult male from West Virginia, was transported to UVA Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Geronimo P. Manning, 34, of North Carolina, suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was transported to Augusta Health for treatment. At this time, both crashes remain under investigation.
Northbound lanes of I-81 were re-opened by 6:30 a.m. Friday.
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