Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 1, 2013

Mercer woman witnesses ‘horrific’ scene

FANCY GAP, Va. — As she was returning home from an Easter visit with her children in Charlotte, N.C., Juanita Lynch, of Nemours, encountered an unimaginable scene.

“It was very, very foggy,” Lynch said from her vehicle just after passing through the crash scene at the 6-mile marker in the southbound lanes of I-77. The wreck started at about 1:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. “It was pretty horrific,” she said.

“We were coming up on it and you could tell that it had just happened,” she said. “The emergency vehicles had just gotten there. When we got to the top of the hill, there was another wreck.”

Lynch started taking photos from her vehicle as northbound traffic inched past the lengthy crash scene. She and her son, Zackary Sisk were traveling back to Mercer County when they came upon the crash scene.

“Police had traffic blocked off at Exit 14, Galax,” she said. “As we came north, traffic was already backed up all the way to Wytheville. I saw a rescue squad vehicle from Princeton. I guess they were going toward the wreck.

“As we were driving through, I could see a woman lying on the ground and a woman with bandages on her head,” she said. “They are not letting people through there now.”

By 8 p.m., the Virginia State Police had opened up the northbound lanes of I-77, according to a State Police dispatcher based in Wytheville, Va. Several troopers were still on the scene working the multiple crash sites.

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