Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com September 5

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NEW DETAILS: Deadly Crash on Interstate 81

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- A Harrisonburg woman is dead after a crash on Interstate 81 at mile marker 245, Harrisonburg's Fire Dept. Chief confirms.

Her name has not yet been released because her family still needs to be notified.

The woman was driving an SUV south, crossed over the median, went airborne, entered the northbound lanes and hit a tractor trailer. It's still unknown why she crossed over the median.

State police say the driver of the tractor trailer did not suffer any injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

The crash happened at about 6:40 a.m. It closed all lanes of the interstate in both directions. As of 12:45 p.m both northbound lanes are open and only one lane is open southbound. By 8:20 a.m. one lane was open in both directions.

"The SUV is completely consumed. The cab of the tractor trailer is pretty well consumed. Both vehicles are totaled. The trailer appears to have some minor damage. The trailer will probably be salvageable, but the other two motor vehicles probably will not be," said Chief Larry Shifflett with the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

Smoke was visible from the traffic camera. No other information is available on other injuries in the crash.

 

Traffic Cams - MM 246.15 NB Harrisonburg

 

Va. probation officer faces charges in Staunton

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia Department of Corrections probation officer faces bribery, drug, gun and sex charges in Staunton.

Meaghan Fields is accused of having sex with two probationers, providing drugs to probationers and providing a gun to a convicted felon.

The bribery charges involve treatment given to four probationers in exchange for unspecified benefits or favors.

The News Leader reports that a grand jury indicted the 29-year-old Buena Vista resident on Tuesday. She is being held at the Middle River Regional Jail. It's unclear whether she has an attorney.

Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor says Fields served as a probation officer in Staunton from October 2011 until September 2012.

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