Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 16, 2013

Driver of tractor trailer involved in I-81 collision facing multiple charges

BOSTON —  The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a two-vehicle collision that stalled traffic along Interstate 81 is now facing multiple charges, officials said Tuesday.

Jamie S. Richardson, 40, of Trap Hill, N.C., was originally charged with reckless driving and for failing to wear a seat belt in connection with Monday’s crash. He is also now charged with one count of possession of controlled substance schedule I or II, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of synthetic cannabinoids and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, according Corinne Geller, director of public relations for the Virginia State Police.

Geller said the additional charges stem from the continuing investigation by Sr. Trooper H. Mooney.

Geller said the crash remains under investigation.

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. Monday Two people were transported from the scene, Geller said.

Geller said the driver of the tractor-trailer, Richardson, was transported by ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital. Geller said Richardson suffered minor injuries.

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.

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