UPDATE 6/1 9:53 A.M. MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police says it is investigating a crash that left four dead on May 30 in Montgomery County.
Investigators say the crash occurred around 3:30 a.m., when 54-year-old Douangpee Amnatkeo, from Shippensburg, PA. was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox north on Interstate 81, near mile marker 120, with a U-Haul trailer attached. Amnatkeo allegedly lost control of the Chevrolet, spun around, and came to a rest facing southbound and northbound traffic, when it was hit by a northbound Freightliner tractor-trailer.
VSP confirmed the three passengers in the Chevrolet were all from Pennsylvania. They were identified as 39-year-old Monthy Matnopaseuth, from Reading, 13-year-old Ericssan Kathpratoum, and 37-year-old Samiane Kothpratoum were both from Shippensburg.
Matnopaseuth, Amnatkeo, and Kathpratoum passed away at the scene.
Samiane Kothpratoum was airlifted to the Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he later passed away.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
During the investigation, State Police learned that no one in the Chevrolet was wearing their seatbelts.
WFXR News will update you with additional details as they are released.
UPDATE 12:20 p.m. — The Virginia Department Of Transportation (VDOT) website is now showing the crash has been cleared.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On May 30, Virginia State Police reported responding to a fatal crash on I-81 in Montgomery County that left four dead.
The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. when a Chevrolet SUV pulling a U-haul trailer was traveling north on Interstate 81 at mile marker 120.2. The SUV lost control and spun out, leading to the vehicle being struck by a tractor-trailer also traveling north. A second crash occurred shortly after.
Three occupants of the Chevrolet SUV died on the scene, while a fourth occupant was flown to the Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where they later died. No injuries were reported in the second crash.
The roadway is currently still blocked as emergency responders work to remove debris and reconstruction takes place. All north lanes are closed, as well as the south left shoulder and left lane. A detour has been put in place at Exit 118 A to US 11.
There is no word on when the roadway is expected to be clear. WFXR will update you with more information as it is made available.