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VDOT reminding drivers of move-over law

This is not the crash cushion that was hit, but it is similar to the ones VDOT contractors use.
This is not the crash cushion that was hit, but it is similar to the ones VDOT contractors use.(WHSV)
Published: Nov. 30, 2018 at 6:52 PM EST
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Virginia's Department of Transportation is reminding drivers of the move over law after a VDOT contractor's crash cushion was hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 late Thursday night.

According to Virginia State Police, the driver hit the contractor's crash cushion around 11:20p.m. on Thursday. The truck jack-knifed, spilling diesel fuel onto the interstate and shutting it down for about two hours.

Crash cushions, according to VDOT, protect the workers and the people driving, but drivers still need to be aware of work zones and remember the move-over law.

"If it's safe to change lanes, Virginia law says you change lanes," Ken Slack, VDOT communications specialist, said. "If you can't, you slow down until you get past that area."

The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged with following too closely, according to state police. No injuries were reported.