UPDATE: Tractor Trailer driver charged for fatal I-81 crash

Published: Aug. 22, 2017 at 2:57 PM EDT
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The I-81N crash from Tuesday is still under investigation by Virginia State Police Trooper L.B. Umberger.

Police say that a 1988 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling northbound in the right lane at MM 127 when traffic began to slow and police say that the truck did not allow enough room to stop safely.

The truck struck a 2008 Chrysler Sebring in the rear, changed lanes and hit a 2013 Nissan Altima which was stopped in traffic in the left lane.

The tractor trailer then pushed the 2013 Nissan into the rear of an international box truck and came to a rest.

The driver of the freightliner has been identified as Khaul Aamir Rahim, 47, of Wilmington, DE. Police report that Rahim was wearing his seatbelt and has no injuries.

Rahim was charged with Reckless Driving in the crash; other charges are pending at this time.

The driver of the Chrysler was Princess K. Gress, 25 of Johnson City, Tn. Police say that Gress was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the 2013 Nissan was Bradley A. McKeown, 32 of Charlottesville, Va. Police say that McKEown was not wearing a seatbelt and was trasnported to Lewis Gale Montgomery for non-life threatening injuries.

The passenger of the Nissan, Kathrine B. Mckeown, 31 of Charlottesville, Va was wearing her seatbelt and police have confirmed that McKeown died at the scene.

The driver of the 2015 International was John A. Caraway, 54 of Thomasville, Nc. Police say Thomasville was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and Motor Carrier Unit assisted with the crash.


The Virginia State Police are investigating a four vehicle crash that occurred on Interstate 81 northbound at MM 127 at around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Police say a flat bed tractor trailer was traveling down Christiansburg mountain in the right lane when the truck encountered traffic that was slowing down. The truck veered to the left and sideswiped a passenger car traveling in the left lane.

The truck then struck a second passenger car in the rear, which caused the vehicle to strike a box truck in the rear. Both vehicles were traveling in the left lane.

Police have confirmed one fatality of a 31-year-old female.

Two were transported for non-life threatening injuries.

The road was closed to traffic from 1:15 p.m. until around 3:20 p.m. The right shoulder was then opened up to let traffic pass.

The complete northbound side was opened around 4 p.m.

Traffic delays were estimated to be backed up to MM 114 at one time during the period of the road closure.

The crash is under investigation at this time. Please check back with WDBJ7 for this is a developing story.


Virginia State Police Sargent Rick Garletts has confirmed to WDBJ7 that there are " fatal and injuries" involved in the crash on I-81N.

It is not known at this time how many were involved in the crash.

Please stay with WDBJ7 for this is a developing story.


With only a 30-minute delay, all buses have picked up students from Christiansburg and Eastern Montgomery Schools at this time.

Traffic is still moving slowly on I-81N.


Traffic is moving slowly, but returning to normal on Interstate 81 north in Montgomery County. A multi-vehicle crash caused major backups on the highway this afternoon.

Montgomery County Schools say that buses will be delayed from all Christiansburg and Eastern Montgomery Schools due to the crash on I-81.

It is unknown how long the buses will be delayed at this time.

Traffic from the crash impacted alternate routes in the New River Valley, including Route 460/11 north and east of Christiansburg, and Roanoke Street/Route 460 Business in Christiansburg.


The Virginia State Police have confirmed a four vehicle crash on I-81 in Montgomery County.

One vehicle has been confirmed to be a tractor trailer.

All northbound lanes are blocked at this time near MM 127. VDOT says drivers should expect backups up to ten miles.

Police say that there are multiple injuries from the crash.

Crews are at the scene and advise motorists to seek an alternate route at this time.

Please stay with WDBJ7 for this is a developing story.