As a result of a 4 vehicle crash on Interstate 81 yesterday, 2 truck drivers were killed, and another suffered minor injuries.
Around 3:50 p.m., a northbound tractor-trailer was about 2 miles north of exit 319 when a tire blew.
According to The Winchester Star, “the tractor-trailer swerved left, clipped a Ford Mustang and then drove through the median. It hit a southbound tractor-trailer head on.”
BREAKING NEWS: Multiple vehicles on fire after crash on I-81 near the 319 mile marker.
— The Winchester Star (@WinStarVa) September 7, 2017
The drivers of both the northbound and southbound traveling tractor-trailers were killed. Their identities have not yet been released.
The driver of the Mustang was not injured.
The fourth vehicle that was involved in the crash was a different tractor-trailer that was following behind the southbound driver.
James Dull, 53, of Staunton, the driver of a third tractor-trailer, was driving southbound in the right lane when he swerved to avoid the northbound truck and hit the back of it. After hitting the back of the trailer, Dull’s truck crashed into the backyard of a residential home at 364 Fair Lane.
Dull suffered a minor injury to his left knee. He said, “I didn’t even have time to apply the brakes.”
An eyewitness to the accident had to slam on their breaks to avoid running into the flipped and soon fiery tractor trailer.
“I was sitting there screaming, ‘What do I do?’” the eyewitness said. “The fire was getting hot. I was too close. It was chaos.”
The highway was full of traffic and damage for at least 3 hours following the crash.