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Aug. 11, 2013


STAUNTON – UPDATE (10:45 p.m.)  All lanes of Interstate 81 are scheduled to be reopened by midnight. A crash involving 41 vehicles including six tractor-trailers has closed both southbound lanes of Intestate 81 at mile marker 196 in Rockbridge County.  This location is between exit 200 at Route 710 in the Fairfield area and exit 195 at Route 11 in the Lexington and Timber Ridge area.  

As of 10:30 p.m. all passenger vehicles and one RV were removed from the crash site.  Crews are still working on the tractor trailers.

Southbound traffic is being detoured off I-81 at exit 200, traveling south on Route 11 and getting back on I-81 at exit 195. Traffic reports show five-mile southbound backups this evening.

Northbound traffic is congested in this area. There are no crashes northbound but traffic was backed up as much as eight miles.

Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Operation Center operators reported the incident shortly after 5 p.m.  

Motorists should expect significant delays in this area.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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