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2 Dead In Fiery Multi-Truck Crash In Virginia

Five Vehicles Involved

TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED and at least two more injured in a 5-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Roanoke, Virginia.

The accident occurred around 5:05 pm Eastern on I-581 and involved two tractor-trailers and three private vehicles.  The collision between the two trucks blocked both directions of the highway and triggered a fire within the vehicles.


WSLS-TV is reporting:

Virginia State Police believe the driver of a maroon car is to blame for a deadly, fiery crash that has Interstate 581 blocked in Roanoke. Troopers say the maroon car was driving north on I-581, near the Valley View Mall exit, when it veered into the path of a tractor trailer. The car hit the tractor trailer, then crashed into the median.

The impact caused the tractor trailer to cross the median into the southbound lanes of I-581, and hit a second tractor trailer. The impact from this crash also caught two other vehicles.

State Police say the crash killed the drivers of the tractor trailers, and sent at least two other people to the hospital. The driver of the maroon car is listed in serious condition, and charges are pending against him.


The fire was extinguished in about 50 minutes and for a period of time had 2/3 of the city's fire forces on the scene.

The Roanoke Times has MORE.
WDBJ-TV has an 18-image photo gallery HERE.

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