VSP: 3 injured after two separate crashes on I-81 in Smyth County occur within minutes of each other


SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE -Three people were injured after two separate crashes occurred on Interstate 81 early Thursday.

According to Virginia State Police, the first crash occurred along the 42 mile marker in Smyth County at 12:39 a.m.

VSP reports that a Chevrolet Tahoe headed south on I-81 ran off the left side of the road, crossed the median and hit a tractor-trailer that was headed north.

The tractor-trailer overturned after being hit.

Both the driver of the tractor-trailer and the Tahoe were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Photo: Marion Fire-EMS via Facebook

VSP says minutes later, a second crash occurred at mile marker 62 involving a second tractor-trailer and a Dodge Ram pickup truck.

The crash caused the tractor-trailer to run off the road and into the media, but the driver was not injured.

The driver of the pickup truck was transported to Smyth County Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Marion Fire-EMS and Chilhowie Fire & EMS responded to the crashes and extracted one person from the Tahoe with hydraulic rescue tools.

Photo: Marion Fire-EMS via Facebook

The scene was cleared as of 2:44 a.m., according to Marion Fire-EMS.

Deputies of the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control in the area.

Photo: Charles Harrington

The crash remains under investigation by VSP.

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