Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 1, 2014

Two dead after three wrecks close part of I-81 in Wytheville

WYTHEVILLE, Va. — Two people are dead following three related accidents that shut down a section of Interstate 81 in Wythe County.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the first accident was reported at 3:23 a.m. Tuesday. A northbound tractor-trailer ran off the interstate and overturned in the median and one southbound lane. Moments later, a southbound SUV hit the rig.

Geller says the SUV’s driver died en route to a hospital. The tractor-trailer’s driver, 53-year-old Philip O. Emiabata of Pflugerville, Texas, suffered minor injuries. He was charged with reckless driving.

A northbound tractor-trailer hit a piece of guardrail damaged in the first wreck and ran off the interstate. It hit the edge of an interstate bridge and crashed onto Route 90. The driver was killed and a passenger was seriously injured.

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