VSP identifies victim of fatal tractor-trailer crash in Smyth County


UPDATE (5/29) — Virginia State Police revealed the driver to have been Alex J. Little, 54, of Wilmington, North Carolina.


According to a Virginia State Police press release, the crash occurred near mile marker 50 around 10:38 p.m. on Thursday. A tanker truck reportedly overturned in the median after running off the road.

VSP said crews worked overnight to clear the site and drain, upright and remove the tanker.

VSP reports that the driver was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died. No other injuries have been reported.

The crash is currently under investigation by VSP.


The North left shoulder, left lane, and right lane of Interstate 81 are now closed. VDOT stated at 7:40 a.m. that traffic is passing on the right shoulder.

VDOT reports that Northbound congestion is now 3 miles deep.

ATKINS, Va. (WJHL) – Motorists can expect delays on Interstate 81 due to a tractor trailer crash near Nicks Creek Road, the Virginia Department of Transportation reports.

According to VDOT’s traffic 511 site, all Northern lanes were closed and traffic is being detoured off of Exit 47. Motorists can reenter the interstate at Exit 50.

VDOT projects roughly two and a half miles of backup at Exit 47.

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