Multiple wrecks cause backup on I-77

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By Shaina Stockton

FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of four accidents that occurred within two-tenths of a mile on Interstate 77 early Friday.

According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the string of incidents began at 5 a.m. in the southbound lane at mile marker 2.8 in Carroll County. A flatbed tractor-trailer carrying aluminum framing for solar panels was traveling southbound when rain caused a passenger car in front of the tractor to hydroplane.

“[The driver of] the flatbed jammed his brakes to avoid a collision, and when he did that, he jackknifed and lost his load of aluminum metal on the interstate,” Musser said.

The accident caused an immediate backup of about two-tenths of a mile.

“In the process of this, another tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned on its right side,” Musser said. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Northern Hospital of Surry County in North Carolina.

“About that same time, a personal use Humvee struck the rear of another car and forced that one into the back of a tractor trailer,” Musser said.

He reported that another tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the road, damaging some air lines on the vehicle. “He was disabled in the median,” the sergeant said.

Traffic was immediately closed in one lane because of the load of steel on the road. Musser confirmed that the lane was still closed at 10 a.m. Friday, as aluminum was being cleaned off the road.

Further details were to be released by police today, Monday, Musser said.

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