The number four story of 2013 is this summer's fiery, chain reaction crash on Interstate 581 in Roanoke that killed two people.

Your Hometown News Leader was first on the scene.

"As it started to explode more, I had to move him even further down,” eyewitness Pasquale Cicarelli said. "I found someone sitting by the car and I dragged him away and stay with him until 9-1-1 got there."

Cicarelli was just enjoying a hot summer afternoon when a nightmare unfolded on Southbound Interstate 581 in Roanoke.

"We saw some grass flying up and then heard a big explosion and saw balls of flames."

That explosion was caused by the impact of two tractor-trailers colliding. The accident killed Salem resident, Paul Golding, and another trucker driver from North Carolina.

Timothy Wellons hit Golding's tractor-trailer on I-581 North, causing it to cross the median and hit another truck traveling southbound, head-on.  His blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit an hour after the accident.  Wellons faces manslaughter charges,

Parts of Roanoke's Round Hill neighborhood overlook the same area where the crash happened. Hundreds gathered to see the wreck that caused traffic to snarl for hours and took the lives of two people.  No doubt, a horrific memory that won't be soon forgotten.

Wellons pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter earlier this fall.

He could be sentenced to up to 42 years in prison.

We're still waiting to hear back from the attorneys involved about why his sentencing has been delayed until January.