UPDATE: 3:13 p.m.: According to VDOT, the shoulder is still closed but the ramp and all lanes have reopened.

VSP says a Ford F-150 pickup was traveling north on I-81 when it ran off the side of the road, striking the back of a tanker truck that was stopped on the shoulder.

The pickup driver was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries, according to the VSP.

VSP says an investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.


UPDATE: 1:53 p.m.: The right north lane has reopened, but the right shoulder and entrance ramp are still closed, according to VDOT 511.


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – Drivers can expect to face delays after a tractor-trailer crash in Washington County Virginia on Interstate 81.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a tractor-trailer crash at mile marker 25.4 on Interstate 81 has closed the north right lane, shoulder and entrance ramp. Drivers can expect delays.

VDOT 511 says that traffic is backed up for approximately two and a half miles.