A tractor trailer crash that snarled traffic all day on Interstate 77 has been cleared. Congestion is causing new backups, however, at the Interstate 77/Interstate 81 interchange in Wythe County.
The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that congestion has caused a 7 mile backup in the northbound lanes of 77 approaching Interstate 81. That backup was reported at 2:55 p.m.
The crash at mile marker 22 near the Wythe/Carroll County line caused backups as long as 14 miles. VDOT reported the scene cleared at 2:20 p.m.
A tractor trailer crash on Interstate 77 continues to cause significant traffic backups in Carroll County.
At 12:40 p.m., the Virginia Department of Transportation reported a 14 mile backup. The crash is at mile marker 22 near the Wythe/Carroll County line.
State police say the right lane and shoulder of Interstate 77 north at mile marker 22 will be closed for most of Friday.
State Police say a tractor trailer accident is causing the delay.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday when the load on an 18 wheeler shifted as it rounded a curve, causing it to go over an embankment and exploded.
The driver has been identified as 24 year old Joshua Gant. He was airlifted to a hospital in North Carolina with multiple burns and broken bones.
He is expected to be okay.