Botetourt County firefighters spend Sunday morning responding to multiple crashes along I-81

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First responders in Botetourt County were dispatched to a number of early morning crashes along I-81 on Sunday, Oct. 25. (Photo: Courtesy Troutville Volunteer Fire Department)

First responders in Botetourt County were dispatched to a number of early morning crashes along I-81 on Sunday, Oct. 25. (Photo: Courtesy Troutville Volunteer Fire Department)

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — First responders spent approximately three hours responding to a number of crashes along I-81 in Botetourt County, but only one of those crashes resulted in any injuries.

According to Troutville Volunteer Fire Department, at 4:06 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, crews responded to a single-vehicle crash at the entrance of the I-81 North scales at mile marker 150, but the state troopers at the scene told first responders there were no hazards or injuries.

Right as units were backing into the building, the department says they received another call at the entrance to the rest area on I-81 South at mile marker 157.

When the Wagon 2 crew arrived on scene, fire officials say they found a heavily-damaged box truck that had hit a tractor trailer parked on the shoulder of I-81. The driver was reportedly transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, as Wagon 2’s crew worked to reopen a southbound lane on I-81, the Engine 2 crew handled another crash on I-81 North at mile marker 153, but this crash did not result in any injuries, according to the department.

However, before clearing from the crash at the rest area, fire officials say Wagon 2 was sent by Virginia State Police to mile marker 157.4 on I-81 North after another tractor-trailer drove through the guard rail and came to a stop on its side, allowing the uninjured driver to get out of the vehicle.

After crewmembers cleaned up the debris in the left travel lane, they reportedly returned to the firehouse around 7 a.m. on Sunday.

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