Rt. 33 reopens after hours-long closure for overturned tractor trailer

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The driver of an overturned tractor trailer at Swift Run Gap was not injured, according to a spokesperson with the Virginia State Police. The tractor trailer was fully loaded and had to be emptied before it could be brought upright and removed from the scene. Corrine Geller with the Virginia State Police said the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE (6 p.m.):

Hours after an overturned tractor trailer first blocked Route 33 at Swift Run Gap before noon on Friday, all lanes have reopened to both east and westbound traffic.

A detour that was in place for most of the afternoon sending westbound drivers south to Interstate 64 to cross the mountain has been lifted.


UPDATE (4:24 p.m.):

Over five hours since a tractor trailer overturned at the top of a mountain in Swift Run Gap, blocking traffic on Route 33, the westbound side of the highway remains closed.

A detour is in place to reroute traffic to Rt. 810 to Rt. 240 to Rt. 250 to I-64 West to get across the mountain farther south in Augusta County. It's a long detour, so if you normally take Rt. 33 west from Greene County to Rockingham County, plan ahead. The other option if planning ahead would be to head north to Rt. 211.

Tractor trailers will have to take Route 29 to I-64 West.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says it's likely the incident will continue through the evening commute.

Eastbound traffic is moving through just fine.


UPDATE (12:38 p.m.):

The westbound side of Route 33 remains closed at Swift Run Gap near the Rockingham/Greene County line Friday afternoon after a tractor trailer overturned earlier in the morning, temporarily blocking both directions of traffic.

Westbound traffic is now being detoured to Rt. 810 to Rt. 240 to Rt. 250 to I-64 West to get across the mountain.

Tractor trailers, however, cannot take that route and will instead have to turn around at the Rt. 33/Rt. 810 intersection and take Rt. 33 east to Rt. 29 south to then take I-64 west.


UPDATE (11:48 a.m.):

The eastbound side of Route 33 has reopened across Swift Run Gap near the Rockingham/Greene County line.

However, westbound traffic remains closed as crews continue to work to recover the overturned tractor trailer.


Drivers who rely on Route 33 to cross from Rockingham into Greene County or vice-versa should be prepared to take alternate routes around midday Friday.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), an overturned tractor trailer has closed both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Rt. 33 near the Rockingham/Greene County line.

There's no word on how long it will take for the delays to clear from Swift Run Gap, but alternate routes require long detours of either going south to take I-64 across the mountain or north to Rt. 211.