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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA10-121

Aug. 2, 2010



I-81 NORTHBOUND LANES IN AUGUSTA COUNTY NOW OPEN FOLLOWING MORNING TRACTOR TRAILER CRASH

STAUNTON – (3 p.m.) All lanes on Interstate 81, northbound, at mile marker 211.6 in Augusta County are now open.  Earlier this morning a tractor trailer crashed at this location, causing the northbound right lane and right shoulder to be closed.  This location is between exit 205 at Route 606 in Raphine in Rockbridge County and exit 213 at Route 11 in Greenville in Augusta County.

The northbound right lane and shoulder were closed at approximately 4:40 a.m. when the crash occurred.  According to VDOT officials on site, the truck was carrying beer in glass bottles.  A portion of the product was unloaded and the remainder of damaged product was drained from the truck prior to removing the vehicle away from the crash site.  This protects passing drivers from getting the product on their vehicles during truck removal.

Motorists should expect temporary traffic backups in the area  as the incident scene totally clears.  At 3 p.m. traffic backups were reported to be five miles.

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.  In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-866-MY511VA (866-695-1182) (TTY/TDD users, call 711).  Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits.  For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.

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