2 seriously injured in crash along I-81 South north of Harrisonburg

Published: Apr. 6, 2020 at 4:35 AM EDT
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UPDATE (4:20 p.m. April 6):

Two people have been hospitalized for serious injuries after a crash early Monday morning on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County.

According to Virginia State Police, at 2:51 a.m., just north of mile marker 250, a 2014 Audi CP was heading south on the interstate at a high rate of speed when it crashed into a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer that was also heading south.

Police say the impact of the crash caused the Audi to catch fire.

The driver of the Audi, identified as 34-year-old Eddie W. Hilbert Jr., of Broadway, was uninjured in the crash.

But the driver and passenger of the Chevy Blazer, both of whom were not wearing seatbelts, according to police, were injured.

Police identified the driver of the Chevy as a 48-year-old woman from Crozet. She suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Sentara RMH for treatment.

The passenger of the Chevy was identified as an 83-year-old man. He suffered serious injuries and was air-lifted to UVA Medical Center for treatment.

Hilbert, the driver of the Audi, was charged with reckless driving.

The crash remains under investigation by Virginia State Police.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, Harrisonburg Fire and Rescue, and Rockingham Fire and Rescue assisted in response to the scene.



Two people were seriously injured following a crash on the southbound side of Interstate 81 in Rockingham County early Monday morning.

According to Virginia State Police, authorities responded to a two-vehicle crash on the interstate near mile marker 250 around 2:50 a.m.

Both northbound and southbound lanes were closed for about an hour as crews responded to the scene.

All lanes have since reopened.

The investigation is ongoing. Stay with WHSV for the latest updates.