Victim of Fatal Crash on I-81 in Augusta County Identified

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A woman is dead after two separate wrecks on Interstate 81 in Augusta County Tuesday morning.

The State Police say the driver of the Saturn is Lara D. Glass, 27, of Lexington, Va.

In the northbound lanes of I-81 near mile marker 210, there were two separate accidents, according to Virginia State Police.

Initially, two vehicles collided in the northbound lanes of I-81 near the 210 mile marker.

A northbound tractor-trailer braked in order to avoid the two crashed vehicles ahead of it.

A passenger car, a white Saturn Ion, traveling behind the tractor-trailer was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the tractor-trailer.

The impact of the crash caused the Ion to catch fire.

It was completely destroyed by the blaze.

The driver of that car is the one who died.

The driver of the passenger car that caught fire died at the scene.

"I don't know what she did, if she locked up her brakes or what have you, but she impacted the rear trailer of the tractor-trailer with the front driver's door," said Sgt. C. J. Aikens with the Virginia State Police. "The temperature was probably below freezing. There was precipitation falling. Any time those conditions happen, the roads are going to get slick and ice is going to form. So we just have to be ever-cognizant and ever-aware of the changing conditions around you."

The remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, an adult male from Tennessee, was not injured in the crash.

The first two-vehicle crash did involve one person being transported to Augusta Health for treatment of minor injuries.

The fatal crash remains under investigation at this time.

All northbound lanes of I-81 were clear and open to traffic by 11:40 a.m.


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