Sunday, March 31, 2013

Holiday Traffic On I-77 Turns Deadly

GALAX, Va. Nearly 100 vehicles crashed Sunday along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate near the Virginia-North Carolina border, killing three people and injuring 25 others.

Police said traffic along Interstate 77 in southwest Virginia backed up for about 8 miles in the southbound lanes after the accidents. Authorities closed the northbound lanes so that fire trucks, ambulances and police could get to the series of chain-reaction wrecks.
(Courtesy Jennifer Gonzalez)
Virginia State Police determined there were 17 separate crashes involving 95 vehicles within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain, spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area.

Photos by WXII's Willam Bottomley and Jennifer Gonzalez. Special Thanks to Justin Engel for the awesome panorama.

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1 comment:

Keads said...

Yeah, Rode that road many times. It's tricky for careful drivers in the best of conditions.

Me? I prefer the old school route to Galax.