Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 4, 2014

Three killed in I-81 crash in Washington County

ABINGDON, Va. — Three people have died in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 in Washington County.

The accident occurred Tuesday at 6:22 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the 34 mile marker in Washington County, according to Corinne Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police.

Geller said a tractor-trailer traveling south on I-81 experienced a flat tire and pulled off onto the right shoulder to inspect the tire. As the tractor-trailer driver and passenger were walking back to the cab of the truck, a southbound Toyota Avalon ran off the left side of I-81.Geller said the driver of the Toyota overcorrected causing the car to slid sideways into the rear of the tractor-trailer.

Geller said the male driver and two male passengers in the Toyota died at the scene. A third male passenger was flown by a Virginia State Police Med-Flight helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Neither the tractor-trailer driver nor his passenger was injured.

Geller said the Virginia State Police are still in the process of notifying the next of kin of the deceased. The crash remains under investigation.

Southbound lanes were re-opened to traffic at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

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