Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
540-292-2500 (cell)
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
540-414-5670 (cell)

Nov. 6, 2013


STAUNTON (5:15 P.M.) –All lanes have reopened on Interstate 81 southbound near mile marker 223 in the Staunton area.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton Traffic Operations Center reported at 11:22 a.m. that a tractor trailer carrying groceries and household items overturned near the off-ramp to exit 222 (Route 250). The vehicle came to rest on its side, blocking both southbound lanes. The trailer spilled much of its contents onto the interstate.

VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol responded to the accident, along with Virginia State Police and fire and rescue agencies. A heavy-duty wrecker recovered the tractor trailer, and a VDOT front-end loader cleaned up the trailer contents and debris from the roadway and median. Southbound lane closures resulted in backups on the interstate of up to nine 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. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 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


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: Nov. 6, 2013