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Nov. 4, 2013

Tractor Trailer Crash, Power Lines Down

STAUNTON (3:31 p.m.) – A tractor trailer accident has shut down the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 81 at mile marker 243 near Harrisonburg. There is no estimate yet on when the travel lanes will be reopened.


The VDOT Staunton Traffic Operations Center reported at 3:04 p.m. that a southbound tractor trailer ran off the interstate and struck a utility pole. Downed power lines have prompted emergency crews to close both sides of the interstate. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route.


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


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