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July 24, 2009


STAUNTON – (2:40 p.m.) The left lane is open on Interstate 81 northbound at mile marker 296 in Shenandoah County. Late on Thursday a multiple vehicle accident closed the I-81 northbound lanes at mile marker 296. The accident involved tractor trailers and cars. This location is near exit 296 at Route 55.

Due to the heat of the fire, the pavement in the left lane was damaged and crews worked to mill and repave the road. During this work the left lane was closed.

Motorists should expect significant delays in this area with backups reaching six miles. It may take several minutes for traffic congestion in the area to clear.

Several other accidents occurred on I-81 last night. Here is the updated information:

All northbound lanes are open at mile marker 287 on Interstate 81 after a multi-vehicle accident. This location is between exit 282 at Route 42 in Woodstock and exit 291 at Route 651 in Toms Brook.

All lanes are open northbound after a single tractor trailer accident on closed both northbound lanes at marker 302. This is near exit 302 at Route 627 in Middletown in Frederick County. The tractor trailer was reported to be carrying melons and it took crews some time to upright the trailer.

The left northbound lane is open at mile marker 316.6 after clean-up operations from an accident that occurred Thursday. This location is in the Winchester area between exit 315 at Route 7 and exit 317 at Route 11.

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