Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 16, 2013

I-81 crash stalls traffic; two injured

WYTHEVILLE, Va. — The southbound lanes of traffic on Interstate 81 were closed Monday following a collision between a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer carrying 50,000 pounds of strawberries.

Corinne Geller, a spokesperson with the Virginia State Police, said the tractor-trailer overturned on top of a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck in the interstate’s southbound lane at 12:12 p.m. Two people were transported from the scene, Geller said.

Geller said the driver of the tractor-trailer, Jamie S. Richardson, 40, of Trap Hill, N.C., was transported via ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital. Geller said Richardson suffered minor injuries and was not wearing a seat belt during the crash.

Richardson has also been cited for reckless driving and for not wearing a seat belt, Geller said.

William Persinger, age unavailable, of Covington, Va., was driving the red pick-up and was also transported by ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital. Geller said Persinger suffered minor injuries and was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

According to the Wytheville detachment of the Virginia State Police, a helicopter was originally called to the scene to airlift one of the victims, but weather conditions prevented the helicopter from completing the airlift.

All southbound lanes were closed while crews worked to clear the scene. Traffic was detoured at Exit 84 onto Route 619 and then back onto the interstate at Exit 80. Traffic was backed up several miles while crews worked to clear the accident scene.

Four large tow trucks were used to lift the tractor-trailer off of the pick-up truck. The southbound lanes of traffic on I-81 were reopened at 3:45 p.m., Geller said.

Trooper Henry Mooney with the Virginia State Police is investigating the accident.

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