Virginia State Police investigating fatal crash on Interstate 81


UPDATE: Virginia State Police say slick road conditions were a factor in Saturday night's fatal crash on I-81 in Pulaski County.

According to officials, a 1991 Oshkosh M1074 (military surplus vehicle) was traveling south on I-81 around 9:00 p.m. They say the driver, 73-year-old Ronald Harris of Gainesville, Ga., lost control of the vehicle due to the slick road conditions.

Police say the vehicle was then struck by two southbound tractor-trailers. The M1074 and one of the tractor-trailers came to rest in the median.

The impact of the crash caused the other tractor-trailer to run off left side of the highway, continue through the median, through the guardrail, cross over northbound lanes of I-81 and strike a fence.

Harris did not survive the crash and died at the scene.

Each tractor-trailer driver was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Virginia State Police Wytheville Division's Crash Reconstruction Team has responded to the scene to assist with the ongoing crash investigation.


Virginia State Police are investigating a three-vehicle crash at mile marker 89 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Pulaski County.

The crash involved three tractor-trailers.

There has been one confirmed fatality.

It is not known at this time if the weather was a factor in the cause of the crash.

Motorists are still advised to be cautious if traveling through this stretch of Interstate 81 due to the ongoing crash scene and investigation.

We'll continue to bring you updates on this story as more details become available.

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