Driver injured in crash that shut down I-81 North for 3 hours

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BUNKER HILL, W.Va. (WHSV) — A driver is hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash that shut down northbound traffic on Interstate 81 in West Virginia for hours Friday morning.

According to West Virginia State Police, troopers responded to a report of a crash involving two commercial vehicles at 4:30 a.m. on May 17.

At the 6.5 mile marker, near Bunker Hill, troopers found two commercial vehicles blocking all northbound lanes.

Investigation determined that one commercial vehicle rear-ended the other, causing the crash.

The driver who caused the incident, identified as Robert Lee McDowell, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was airlifted from the scene for treatment of serious injuries.

The other driver, identified as Arshdeep Singh, of Westampton, New Jersey, was uninjured.

Cleanup of the crash caused the northbound lanes to be closed for about three hours, into the morning commute, causing major backups on the interstate and congestion on Route 11.

Units from the South Berkeley Fire Department, West Virginia Department of Highways, Berkeley County Ambulance Authority, and Air Methods assisted at the scene.