UPDATE: One dead, several injured in multi-vehicle crash on I-81 South in Botetourt County

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UPDATE 9 p.m.: VDOT is saying that traffic has returned to normal in the area of I-81 South at mile marker 155 from an earlier fatal crash.

UPDATE 8:25 p.m.: Traffic is flowing once again on I-81 South at the scene of a fatal high-speed crash earlier Tuesday afternoon.

There could still be some minor delays as traffic continues to thin out. Shortly, traffic speeds should be returning to normal in the area.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: An additional update has been released regarding Tuesday afternoon’s fatal crash on I-81.

Virginia State Police say they were notified of a reckless driver at 3:26 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 from mile marker 181 on I-81 South in Rockbridge County.

Police say they received multiple calls regarding this driver before the calls came in to Rockbridge County officials.

Then, at mile marker 175, authorities say the 2014 Ford Fusion rear-ended a vehicle and continued without stopping.

A state trooper reportedly located the vehicle at mile marker 165, driving at a high speed and on the right shoulder of I-81, but the trooper could not catch up to the driver until mile marker 161 because of the heavy traffic.

According to Virginia State Police, the driver of the Fusion would not yield to the emergency equipment and continued traveling at speeds approaching 100 mph while passing other vehicles on the right shoulder.

Finally, at mile marker 155.2, the Fusion collided with a 2010 Toyota Camry in the rear, causing the the Fusion to lose control and roll over, police say. The driver was reportedly ejected and died at the scene.

Officials say the Toyota’s three occupants, including one woman and two 17-year-olds, were taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial with non-life-threatening injuries.

VSP says they will release additional information when next of kin is notified.

Southbound I-81 is still closed in this area.

UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: In an update to the police incident on a section of I-81 South in Botetourt County, Virginia State Police are telling WFXR News that the incident involves a multi-vehicle crash near mile marker 155.

According to VSP, one death has been confirmed in this crash with several others injured.

Police are not providing any additional information at this time.

I-81 South continues to be closed in this area with traffic being rerouted around the crash via Route 11 as traffic backups behind the crash are being shown as being approximately four miles.

UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: Backups behind the incident on I-81 South near Troutville are now being shown to be approximately 3.5 miles.

To avoid this congestion, drivers should plan to exit I-81 South at exit 162 and use Lee Highway to ultimately return to I-81 South at the Route 220 split.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: VDOT says that traffic has backed up approximately two miles behind what is being described as “police activity” along I-81 South near Troutville.

Traffic can expect to be routed off I-81 South at exit 156 to follow Route 11 South to get back on I-81 South at the split with Route 220.

Drivers can expect significant delays in this area.

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A section of I-81 South in Botetourt County is currently shut down due to police activity.

According to VDOT, all southbound lanes are closed at mile marker 155, near Troutville.

WFXR News is working to get additional information about this incident.

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