UPDATE: Crash cleared on I-81 north in Rockbridge County; backups slowly reducing

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: VDOT traffic cameras are showing that the crash scene at mile marker 191 on I-81 north has been cleared.

Traffic is moving in all travel lanes but residual backlogs are continuing; however, they should thin out in the not too distant future.


UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: Backups are mounting behind a crash on I-81 north, near the split with I-64 in Rockbridge County.

The crash is on a bridge at mile marker 191 of I-81 north near Buena Vista.

Backlogs are reportedly over five miles.

Significant delays can be expected in this area.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The earlier crashes in Rockbridge and Pulaski Counties have both been cleared; however, a new crash – also in Rockbridge County – is creating big slowdowns for commuters.

The new crash is at mile marker 191 north, near the split with I-64. The crash is blocking all northbound travel lanes but traffic is getting by using the shoulder.

Backups are reportedly around four miles behind the crash.

Drivers should consider finding another route around this crash.


UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: VDOT cameras indicate that traffic is moving normally in Rockbridge County near the site of an earlier crash on I-81 north.

However, backups continue in Pulaski County where a crash has closed the left shoulder and the left lane at mile marker 87.8 on southbound I-81.

Drivers can still expect delays in that area.


(WFXR) – A crash on I-81 south is causing delays for drivers heading from Draper toward the I-77 south split.

VDOT says the crash is at mile marker 87.8 where the southbound left shoulder and left lane are both closed.

Backups of around two miles are being reported.

Drivers should find another route or expect significant delays if traveling in this area.

A second crash is in Rockbridge County – near Buena Vista, along I-81 north.

This crash is at mile marker 188 and has closed the northbound left shoulder; however, backups of over two miles are being reported with this crash as well.

Drivers can expect significant delays along this section of I-81 as well.

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