ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — One person died and another was injured in a Roanoke County tractor-trailer wreck on Sunday, marking southwest Virginia’s second deadly crash of the weekend involving a driver not wearing a seatbelt.
Virginia State Police say the single-vehicle crash happened shortly before 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at mile marker 135.5 on I-81 South.
According to officials, a 2021 Kenworth tractor-trailer was heading south on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the road, went into the median, and overturned.
Authorities tell WFXR News that the driver of the Kenworth — 52-year-old Alan Everett Peck of Leesburg, Florida — was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene of the crash.
In addition, an injured passenger in the truck — whose name was not released by police — was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Virginia State Police are still investigating this crash, which temporarily closed down I-81 South in Roanoke County on Sunday, causing up to four miles of delays.