Five Vehicle Crash Causes Backup on Interstate 81

AUGUSTA COUNTY - A crash involving five-vehicles caused traffic to backup at least three miles on Interstate 81.

The crash happened around 5:30 Sunday afternoon in the southbound lanes at mile marker 207 near the Spottswood area in Augusta County.

Virginia State Police said it was "following too close" and not the weather conditions that led to the crash that caused a red Jeep Cherokee to flip on its side.

The accident started when a silver Toyota Tundra rear-ended a silver Nissan Maxima as it was slowing down for traffic. As a result, the three other cars behind tried to avoid hitting the first two causing one
to go into the highway median, and the other two colliding.

No one was injured in the crash.

Two people were cited and charged with following too closely.

WHSV reporter Khiree Stewart spoke to Andrew Wilson, who was driving the red Jeep Cherokee that was involved in the accident.

"It sucks that I had cars following too closely on the ones in front of them and were able to just get off the road and so I'm left with just seeing breaks and cars dead stopped in front of me rather than just everyone slowing down," Wilson says,"I feel like I would've been fine to slow down with everyone or do what they did and just pull of a little bit but it was like people flying off rather than just slowing down and having to just pull off a little bit." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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