UPDATE: One person flown to hospital, driver charged after tractor trailer accident in Giles County

Published: Apr. 4, 2017 at 6:17 PM EDT
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The driver of Tuesday night’s tractor trailer crash in Giles County, Alexander Rodriguez Botello, 25, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is now charged with reckless driving.

A state police spokeswoman says the crash was caused by driver inattentiveness and excessive speeding.

The passenger of the truck was released from the hospital.

State police say another unrelated wreck may have involved a wrong-way driver and a hit and run.

UPDATE: 10:48 p.m.

All lanes on Route 460 west appear to have reopened to let trucks through after a tractor trailer accident.

Route 460 east still only has one lane open.

WDBJ7 spoke with a Giles County couple who were here almost as soon as the crash happened.

"We were here before the fire siren went off, before fire trucks and everything, and there's a Jeep under the trailer up there," Nate Ellison said.

"We were trying to direct traffic to go back up wayside to get back up to get there back on top of the bluffs," Emma Ellison said.

They along with others have said there was a car driving the wrong way down the highway, causing the crash.

But Virginia State Police have not confirmed that information at this time.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.

UPDATE: 8:40 p.m.

State police say one person was flown to the hospital with serious injuries after a tractor trailer accident in Giles County.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, on Route 460 in the Bluffs area, just west of Narrows.

The tractor trailer was headed west when it ran off the left side of the highway, hit a guardrail then overturned.

The adult male driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries. An adult male passenger was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The tractor trailer was carrying plastic crates and lost the load in the eastbound lanes.

Right now the westbound lanes of Route 460 and one eastbound lane of Route 460 are closed for cleanup.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

UPDATE: 7:24 p.m.

The east left shoulder and left lane are closed. All west lanes are closed.

Traffic is being detoured off of US-460 onto VA-61 onto I-77 and back onto US-460.


One lane has reopened on Route 460 after a tractor trailer wreck.

The east left shoulder and left lane are still closed. All west lanes are also closed.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.


Virginia State police are at the scene of a tractor trailer accident on Route 460 in Giles County.

It's happening less than a mile south of Rich Creek.

Right now it's not clear if there are any injuries.

We do know all east and west lanes are closed.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.