Man charged in Shenandoah County I-81 crash that led to miles of delays

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SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A 60-year-old man has been charged in a crash that delayed traffic on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County for hours on March 6.

Photo of the scene of the crash at MM 268 of Interstate 81 on the morning of March 7

The crash happened around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at mile marker 268, near the Caverns Rd. exit, between New Market and Mount Jackson.

It led to back-ups of up to 10 miles, as well as extreme congestion on Route 11 in Shenandoah County and at least one residual crash on Interstate 81 amid the backups.

According to Virginia State Police, Tommy Lecalver, 60, of Jacksonville, N.C. was driving a 2016 Freightliner tractor trailer when he over-corrected in the right lane and hit Steven Durham, 53, of Kernersville, N.C. driving a 2018 tractor trailer. Lecalver's truck overturned in the roadway upon impact, while Durham's truck hit a guard-rail and went into the median.

Both men were taken to the hospital. Durham was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center. Sgt. Tyler with Virginia State Police did not have information on where Lecalver was transported.

Lecalver has been charged with reckless driving.

The trailers remain at the scene on Wednesday morning, and there's no word on exactly when they will be removed.