State Police in Virginia and North Carolina are asking truck drivers to avoid I-77 near the border if possible after high winds have blown over several trucks this morning.
Transportation Officials Urge Truckers To Avoid I-77 At NC/VA Border
Two northbound lanes of I-77 have been shut down around mile marker 2 in Carroll County, Virginia, after at least three trucks were blown over. The trucks cannot be removed until the winds die down.
None of the truck drivers were injured in the blow overs.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is asking truck drivers with empty trailers to avoid I-77.
All empty tractor trailers should avoid I-77 northbound into Virginia near the NC state line due to high winds #ncwx
— NC Highway Patrol (@NCSHP) January 18, 2018
The Virginia State Police are urging commercial vehicle drivers to find another route or to use extreme caution if they do decide to use I-77: “Be careful if you are traveling on I-77 near the VA-NC border today. High winds have blown over 3 tractor-trailers this morning near the 2 mile marker.”
Traffic backups of two and a half miles have been reported along I-77.
North Carolina is under a state of emergency due to winter weather.
⛔️I-77 NB is SHUT DOWN at the Virginia State Line..
due to several 18-wheelers that were “blown over” near #FancyGap. Use US 52 as the alternate to get around this mess.#CltTraffic #SnowDay pic.twitter.com/z9z0zgDh2W
— Charlotte TrafficGuy (@Clt_TrafficGuy) January 18, 2018