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95 Car Pile-up Leaves 3 Dead on I-77 In SW Virginia!

95 Car Pile-up Leaves 3 Dead on I-77 In SW Virginia!

A reported 95 vehicle pile-up including 17 crashes brought traffic to a stand still and closed part of Interstate 77 on Easter Sunday. The trouble began as travelers crossed from North Carolina into Carroll County in dense fog on Easter Sunday. 3 fatalities have been reported; numerous people were treated at area hospitals. A shelter was set up in Wytheville. 

All lanes of  There are a reported Interstate 77 are now open to traffic, according to VDOT.

photo: WSET

From WSET: 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Carroll Co., VA-- Virginia State Police are still in the process of investigating a series of chain-reaction crashes that occurred Sunday afternoon in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at the 6 mile marker in Carroll County. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, all northbound lanes of I-77 were open to through traffic. State police hope to have the scene cleared in the southbound lanes around 9 p.m. Sunday.

State police have determined there were a total of 17 separate traffic crashes involving 95 vehicles within a mile span of the 6 mile marker. All occurred in the southbound lanes of I-77 towards the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. At the "epicenter" of the crashes, was a 6-8 vehicle crash in which the vehicles caught fire. The main cause of the crashes were motorists traveling too fast for foggy conditions.

There are three confirmed fatalities as a result of the crashes. Approximately 25 other individuals were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from serious to minor.

Carroll County public school buses were used to transport motorists - not injured in the crashes but their vehicles were too damaged to drive away - to nearby hotels and other locations for shelter overnight.

American Red Cross disaster workers, in coordination with local emergency management in Carroll County, are providing shelter for those impacted by the accident. Additional disaster workers, feeding vehicles, and cots and blankets are en route. The Red Cross is also providing meals for the families as well as first responders.

 

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