Snow, slick roads lead to I-77 wrecks

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By Staff Reports

A chain reaction of crashes in the snow and ice on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday resulted in minor injuries.
The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department was responding to a single-car crash involving a vehicle on its side on Sunday afternoon when firefighters received a call to a three-car accident in the southbound lanes of I-77, near the 21 milemarker.


The crash involved a tractor trailer and six other vehicles.
Witnesses said a pickup attempted to pass the tractor trailer, triggering the first accident. Another pickup struck debris from the first crash, causing it to slow down, which ultimately involved the three other vehicles.
State police were still investigating this crash at press time on Monday.
This accident led to another, on the other side of I-77.
According to a Virginia State Police report, Gwendolyn Jenkins of Roanoke, who was operating a 2001 Cadillac, was traveling north on I-77 near mile marker 23 on Sunday afternoon when she stopped her car to take a look at the accident in the southbound lanes.
State police reported that Steven Farley of Radford, who was driving a 1998 BMW, rear-ended Jenkins.
Jenkins' vehicle was pushed across the median into the southbound lane, where it hit Timothy Waskauitz's Dodge Dakota truck.
Jenkins was charged with improper stopping.
Farley was treated and released for minor injuries.