One person died after two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 81 near mile marker 220 around 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to Virginia State Police.
According to the Virginia State Police, two tractor-trailers were traveling southbound on I-81when the second failed to slow - after the first slowed for traffic - and struck the first from behind. Police say the impact caused the second tractor-trailer to jackknife and the driver died at the scene. The driver has been identified by police as Bryan P. Ingalls, 55, of New Hampshire.
The driver of the first tractor-trailer was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
Police say one of the tractor-trailers was hauling about 2,000 drums of chocolate syrup, several of which ruptured in the crash.
All southbound traffic was diverted off I-81 at Exit 220 for the majority of the afternoon. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, I-81 near mile marker 220 was reopened to traffic around 3 p.m.
The accident remains under investigation.
Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release
STAUNTON – (3:10 p.m.) Both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 have reopened in Augusta County. Shortly after 3 p.m., Virginia State Police led traffic on a “slow roll” from exit 220, where vehicles had been detoured since this morning’s tractor trailer accident.
Drivers may continue to experience delays on southbound I-81 and westbound I-64 until traffic returns to normal. Related congestion is also possible in the city of Staunton.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org. For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.
The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.
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