UPDATE: VSP identifies driver killed in tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Wythe County


WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – Virginia State Police have identified the driver killed in a single-vehicle crash on I-81 in Wythe County on Sunday.

According to VSP, the deceased driver of the tractor-trailer involved was Willie McLaurin, 50, of Flora, Mississippi.

McLaurin was killed after the 2019 Mack Anthem he was driving hit the guardrail and bridge on I-81 North near the 63 mile marker.

The tractor-trailer then went over the bridge and caught fire.

McLaurin died at the scene, according to VSP.

The crash remains under investigation.


Troopers with the Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened early Sunday morning on I-81 in Wythe County.

According to a release from VSP, troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash at 1:09 a.m. Sunday.

The report states that a tractor-trailer was traveling north on I-81 when, at the 63 mile marker, it ran off the left side of the interstate.

The truck hit the guardrail and a bridge before going over the bridge.

The vehicle then caught fire.

According to troopers, the fire destroyed the vehicle. The driver died at the scene.

The VSP has not yet released the identity of the driver and the crash remains under investigation.

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