UPDATE 2:05 p.m.: Virginia State Police identified a North Carolina teenager as the victim of the only fatal crash among a series of crashes in Pulaski County at mile marker 94 on I-81 Wednesday morning.
Police say a Toyota Tacoma traveling along I-81 at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, ran off the right side of the interstate, hit an embankment, and overturned.
According to officials, the driver — identified as 19-year-old Brannagan K. Locklear of Pembroke, North Carolina — was brought to LewisGale Hospital in Pulaski, where he later died from his injuries.
Locklear was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Virginia State Police say slick road conditions factored into the cause of the crash.
PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Police say at least one person is dead following six crashes at mile marker 94 on I-81 in Pulaski County Wednesday morning.
According to Virginia State Police, the first crash occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, after a pickup truck traveling north on I-81 reportedly slid off the roadway.
While troopers were responding to the scene of the first crash, another crash took place in the northbound lanes. Police say they immediately requested a response from VDOT because that stretch of I-81 had iced over, leading to extremely slick conditions.
At 7:46 a.m., officials say a single-vehicle crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-81 at mile marker 94. Virginia State Police confirmed this crash was a fatal one, but they did not specify the number of fatalities.
Two more crashes took place shortly afterward in the southbound lanes, according to authorities.
In addition, at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, police say a northbound vehicle was reported running off the road and into the ditch at the 94 mile marker.
Except for the fatal crash at 7:46 a.m., police say there are no reports of injuries from this string of crashes Wednesday morning.
“Motorists are advised to please slow your conditions for travel during the storm,” said Corinne Geller, the Public Relations Director for Virginia State Police. “Increasing one’s driving distance between the vehicle in front of you and buckling up will also help limit crashes and injuries. Please use your headlights, so other drivers can better see you.”
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