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Tractor trailer crash closes southbound lanes of I-81

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Southbound lanes are still closed at mile marker 141 in Roanoke County, Va. following a tractor trailer accident this morning. Virginia’s 511 service reported at noon E.T. that traffic was backed up for about five miles. Vehicles are being detoured onto Interstate 581. WDBJ7 in Roanoke reports that it is still unclear how long the southbound lanes of I-81 will be closed.

Virginia Voice reporter Cameron Steele was one of the motorists driving on the interstate this morning. She captured footage of southbound traffic being detoured across the median.

Later Cameron will bring you a detailed account of her experience on Virginia’s deadliest interstate. For up to the minute traffic information, call 511 or log onto http://www.511virginia.org.

UPDATE (2:39 P.M. E.T.) The left lane of southbound I-81 is now open in Roanoke County, according to a VDOT news release. The right lane remains closed and northbound traffic is backed up.

Written by beckybratu

September 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm