Trucker charged for crash that killed two on I-81

Published: Oct. 2, 2019 at 10:53 PM EDT
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Virginia State Police have released the names of two people killed in a four-vehicle crash Wednesday night on I-81 in Roanoke County.

The victims were 51-year-old Jeffrey Noffsinger, of Roanoke, and 64-year-old Peter Ozolins, of Blacksburg.

Police say the crash happened on the northbound side of the interstate near the 134 mile marker, where traffic was slowing and coming to a stop. The driver of an International tractor trailer in the right lane hit two cars and another tractor trailer that were stopping for traffic. The International then stopped in the median.

The International was driven by 38-year-old Joshua Bernard, of Elizabethon, Tennessee. He was not hurt, and he was charged with reckless driving and released on a summons without being booked into jail.

The cars that were hit include a Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Noffsinger, and a Lexus RX-350, driven by Ozolins. Both died from their injuries after being taken to a hospital.

The other truck driver was not hurt.

The Virginia State Police Crash Investigation Team and the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Unit were called to assist with the crash, which is still under investigation.


UPDATE (11:30 p.m.):

Virginia State Police have confirmed a second death in a tractor trailer accident that has snared traffic on I-81 for hours in Roanoke County.

Two tractor trailers and two cars were involved.

Right now, no names have been released.


Virginia State Police is reporting a fatal crash on Interstate 81 at mile marker 134 near Roanoke is causing a major backup.

Troopers tell WHSV the crash happened around 6:00 p.m. and involves two tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles.

State Police say there is at least one confirmed fatality.

Both lanes of the interstate are reportedly blocked in the area and detours are in place.

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