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Traffic cleared up after vehicle fire on I-81 South near New Market

(WHSV)
Published: Feb. 5, 2020 at 6:24 PM EST
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UPDATE (7:30 p.m.)

According to VDOT, the vehicle fire at mile marker 266, in addition to the traffic backups, has cleared.

UPDATE (7 p.m.):

According to VDOT, the closures from a vehicle fire at mile marker 266 are now down to just a right shoulder closure.

Both southbound lanes of I-81 were temporarily closed Wednesday evening.

Backups of about two miles from the scene still remain and are slowly clearing.

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Drivers heading south on Interstate 81 should be prepared for serious delays in the New Market area of Shenandoah County Wednesday evening.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), a crash and vehicle fire has shut down all southbound lanes of Interstate 81 at mile marker 266.

That's just under a mile north of Exit 264, which connects to Route 211 in New Market.

As of 6:22 p.m., no estimates had been provided on how long lanes will be closed.

Additional congestion can be expected on Route 11 as drivers seek detours around the scene.

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