Credit: Virginia511 and VDOT
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- (9:15 p.m.) -- The Virginia State police says the driver of the tractor-trailer, Hassan A. Taher, 53, of Union, Ky., was rushed to Rockingham Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. He is charged with reckless driving.
(8:25 p.m.) -- Harrisonburg Police say Interstate 81 is back open in both directions.
(6:20 p.m.) -- Interstate 81 northbound and southbound at Harrisonburg could remain closed for at least three more hours, as a result of a tractor trailer crash that downed power lines.
Drivers are being detoured off the interstate, causing major congestion on Route 11 and other roads in the Harrisonburg area.
(4:10 p.m.) -- The Virginia Department of Transportation said it may be several hours before Interstate 81 is fully open at mile marker 243 near Harrisonburg.
Northbound and southbound traffic is being detoured onto nearby Route 11.
Southbound traffic is being detoured at exit 245 and following Port Republic Road to Route 11 south and Route 257 east to rejoin the interstate.
Northbound traffic is being detoured at exit 240 and following Route 257 west to Route 11 north, then Port Republic Road east to rejoin the interstate.
A tractor trailer accident has shut down the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 81 at mile marker 243 near Harrisonburg.
There is no estimate yet on when the travel lanes will be reopened.
The VDOT Staunton Traffic Operations Center reported at 3:04 p.m. that a southbound tractor trailer ran off the interstate and struck a utility pole.
Downed power lines have prompted emergency crews to close both sides of the interstate. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route.
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