UPDATE 6:30 a.m.: After hours of delays, VDOT says the multi-vehicle crash that led to two deaths on Wednesday evening has been cleared and traffic has returned to normal on I-81 North in Pulaski County as of Thursday morning.
PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Approximately 12 hours after a fatal multi-vehicle crash shut down I-81 North in Pulaski County, crews finally reopened the highway for the many motorists still facing miles of traffic delays.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), as of 5:19 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, all northbound lanes are back open at mile marker 87.7 on I-81 following a fatal crash involving multiple vehicles.
The crash — which Virginia State Police says troopers responded to at 5:16 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5 — involved total of six passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers colliding on I-81 North near the border between Pulaski County and Wythe County, resulting in two confirmed deaths. According to police, the crash is still part of an ongoing investigation
However, VDOT says Pulaski County traffic is still delayed for approximately four miles. In addition, the I-77 North Exit 32 ramp to I-81 North is reportedly closed at this time.
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