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I-81 in Botetourt Co. back open after multiple crashes

A tractor trailer crash on I-81 in Botetourt County is causing major delays.
A tractor trailer crash on I-81 in Botetourt County is causing major delays.(Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS)
Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 9:19 AM EDT
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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: VDOT says all crashes on I-81 have been cleared and lanes are open.

UPDATE: A crash on I-81 southbound has been cleared, but a new crash in the same county has closed I-81 northbound.

VDOT reports a tractor trailer crash has closed all lanes just north of the junction with US 11/Exit 162, where there is a also separate crash involving multiple vehicles.

There is no word on injuries.

ORIGINAL STORY: Drivers on I-81 in Botetourt County can expect delays following a tractor trailer crash Thursday morning.

The accident near mile marker 158 has all southbound lanes closed, with backups of approximately 2 miles, according to VDOT.

Botetourt County Fire and EMS says it is working to clean up the vehicles, debris and diesel fuel.

Crews remain on the scene of a motor vehicle crash at MM157 at the rest area on I-81 southbound. Traffic remains at a...

Posted by Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS on Thursday, October 29, 2020

Traffic is being detoured at exit 162, but VDOT says there are three miles of congestion from the detour site.

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