The names of the three people killed in the 95 car pile-up on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday have been released.
William M. Sosebee, 33, of Allen, Ky., was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77. Sosebee died at the scene.
Kathern Worley, 71, of Iron Station, N.C., was a passenger in a different vehicle that collided with the same tractor-trailer. Worley also died at the scene.
Andrew Katbi, 24, of Delphos, Ohio, was driving a passenger vehicle that rear-ended a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77. Katbi also died at the scene.
State Police say the crashes all happened in a one mile stretch of I-77 and the first crash sparked a chain reaction of 17 total crashes. The cause of the initial crash is still being investigated and no charges have been placed. State police say that heavy fog in the Fancy Gap Mountain area was a factor in the series of crashes. Police added that vehicles were traveling too fast for conditions.
A major pile-up involving 95 vehicles took place on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday, leaving three people dead and about 25 others injured.
Police have not yet identified the three people killed in Sunday’s accidents.
The crashes took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at the 6 mile marker in Carroll County, six miles north of the Virginia-North Carolina border.
Police confirmed that there were a total of 17 separate crashes within a mile span of the 6 mile marker toward the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. There was a 6-8 vehicle crash in the center of the pile-up, resulting in the cars catching fire.
The road is reportedly a dangerous one, prone to accidents. Fog, wind, and hilly terrain are common issues for those driving on the mountain, but the Virginia State Police says that drivers who were traveling too fast for the conditions were the main cause of Sunday's accident.
Nearby hotels were filled up with tenants who were forced to find a room for the night after Sunday’s accident. Tow trucks from the Hillsville area, Lambsberg, and North Carolina were called in to help, with mangled and damaged cars pulled away from the debris.
We’re told that the Virginia Department of Transportation had warning signs posted about the fog as early as 5:45 a.m. on Sunday.
Drivers who were interviewed about the accident report that regardless of the signs, there are always reckless drivers near the area.
As of 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, all northbound lanes of Interstate 77 were open.
Investigations into the chain-reaction crashes are ongoing.
1:18 p.m. Monday: All lanes are now open on Interstate-77 after the deadly chain reaction crash near Carroll County.
State police say there could still be some residual back-ups but the traffic situation is improving.
A major accident involving 95 vehicles including tractor trailers killed three people, sent over 20 to the hospital and is causing major backups along the southbound lanes of I-77 near Carroll County.
Virginia State Police officials say excessive fog in the Fancy Gap Mountain area could be to blame for the series of accidents.
Traffic is backed up from milemarker 14 all the way to the Virginia-North Carolina state line. The southbound lanes of I-77 are closed at mile marker 6.
Northbound lanes are also closed to allow emergency vehicles to and from the southbound lanes.
Detours are in place to re-direct I-77 traffic in both directors. Police expect the northbound lanes to re-open within the next two hours. Drivers should not expect the southbound lanes to re-open for a significant amount of time.