Fatal crash shuts down I-81 and I-64 in Staunton area Saturday

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Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 9:40 AM EST
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - One person has died as a result of a crash that happened on I-81 in the Staunton area around 6 a.m. Saturday.

According to Virginia State Police, a tractor trailer was headed west on I-64. As it was taking the ramp to merge onto I-81 south, it ran off the road and went through the guardrail.

The tractor trailer landed in the northbound lanes of I-81 and hit a pickup truck.

The person driving the pickup truck died at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the tractor trailer were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The tractor trailer was carrying chicken waste, which spilled across the travel lanes when the tank was damaged in the crash. Clean up is underway.

There were two secondary, minor crashes due to the slick road conditions caused by the waste spill. No injuries involved in those.

The crash remains under investigation.

According to VDOT, all northbound and southbound lanes of I-81 at MM 221 were blocked near the overpass bridge that connects 81 and I-64.

The ramp from westbound I-64 to southbound I-81 was also closed.

As of Saturday at 1 p.m. all lanes of I-81 reopened.

VDOT said the ramp from I-64 westbound to I-81 southbound has partly reopened.

Drivers can continue to use the left lane but VDOT said the right lane is expected to remain closed until repairs are made to the bridge railing.

For updated traffic alerts and travel information, dial 511 or go to http://www.511Virginia.org.