VSP: Two dead, charges pending after Roanoke County crash, vehicle fires on I-81 South

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Two people are dead and charges are pending after a crash involving two cars and two tractor-trailers along I-81 South in Roanoke County Wednesday evening.

Virginia State Police say they responded to a multi-vehicle crash in Roanoke County at 5:23 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

According to police, the circumstances that resulted in two tractor-trailers and two passenger vehicles colliding at mile marker 132 of I-81 South are still under investigation.

However, authorities say the impact of the crash caused the two passenger vehicles — a Chevrolet Impala and a Hyundai — to catch on fire. 

Even though the tractor-trailers’ drivers were not injured in the crash, the drivers of both the Chevrolet and the Hyundai — both of whom were the vehicles’ sole occupants — died at the scene, police say.

The Virginia State Police Salem Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is helping with the ongoing investigation into the crash.

According to officials, charges are pending at this time.

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