Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Nov. 4, 2013
ALL LANES OPEN INTERSTATE 81 NEAR HARRISONBURG
STAUNTON (UPDATE 7:25 p.m.) – All lanes are now open on Interstate 81 at the site of an earlier tractor trailer crash into a power pole causing downed power lines across both northbound and southbound lanes near mile marker 243.
The power lines have been removed from the road and the tractor trailer has also been recovered.
Back-ups on I-81 extended up to eight miles in both directions during the lane closures.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton Traffic Operations Center reported at 3:04 p.m. that a southbound tractor trailer ran off the right side of the interstate near exit 243 and struck a utility pole. Active power lines fell across both sides of I-81, prompting a complete closure of the interstate. The VDOT Safety Service Patrol responded to the scene along with Virginia State Police, fire and rescue crews and power company representatives.
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