Driver charged after crash closes part of I-81 in Washington County, VA


ABINGDON, VA (WJHL) – The driver of a tractor-trailer has been charged with one count of reckless driving, following a crash in Washington County, Virginia early Sunday morning.

VSP officials say 47-year-old Brian P. Hicks of Bristol, TN was driving that tractor-trailer south on I-81 just before 5:30a.m. when he ran off the road, causing the truck to overturn right near exit 14.

One of the trailers was partially hanging over the overpass as a result of that crash.

As of 3p.m. Sunday, VSP officials said Old Jonesboro Road, which runs underneath the overpass, was still shut down as crews tried to clear the scene and remove the tractor-trailer.

Hazmat crews were also on scene because diesel fuel leaked from the damaged tractor-trailer.

After the crash, the driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to a nearby hospital in order to be treated for a minor injury.

Stay with News Channel 11 for updates on this developing story.

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