FedEx truck driver flown to hospital after fiery crash on I-81

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UPDATE: Virginia State Police says the driver of the FedEx tractor-trailer was flown by Med-Flight to Bristol Regional Medical Center for “serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.”

VSP says the driver was a 28-year-old South Carolina man.

The driver of the second tractor-trailer was not injured, according to VSP.

State police say charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

According to VDOT, one southbound lane has reopened to traffic as of 12:10 a.m.


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BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) — Interstate 81 south is closed at mile marker 6.8 near Bristol, Virginia due to a tractor-trailer crash, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

State troopers say a FedEx tractor-trailer was traveling south when it rear-ended another tractor around 7:15 p.m. The crash caused the FedEx tractor-trailer to overturn and caught fire.

State police are unsure of any injuries at this time but said more information will be released when available.

According to VDOT, southbound traffic is being detoured off at Exit 10 onto US-11 and back on I-81 at Exit 5.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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