Names released of four killed in big rig-vs.-SUV crash on I-81

Published: May. 30, 2023 at 5:46 AM EDT
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Four people were killed in a crash on I-81 in Montgomery County Tuesday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

The crash happened at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 on the northbound side of Interstate 81, at mile marker 120.3.

Police say the driver of a Chevrolet Equinox SUV was pulling a U-Haul trailer headed north on Interstate 81, when he lost control and spun around, coming to rest facing southbound in the northbound travel lanes. The Chevrolet was hit by a northbound Freightliner tractor trailer.

The Chevrolet was driven by Douangpee Amnatkeo, 54 of Pennsylvania. She was not wearing a seatbelt, according to police, and died at the scene.

Three passengers also died, and have been identified as Monthy Matnopaseuth, 39, Ericssan Kathpratoum, 13, and Samiane Kothpratoum, 37. All were from Pennsylvania. None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The crash was in the same area as a crash Monday that involved up to 20 cars and tractor-trailers.