Tractor-trailer crashes, explodes on I-77

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Driver suffers burns, broken bones when tractor-trailer goes over embankment

By Staff Reports

A driver was injured and traffic snarled on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Friday after a tractor-trailer ran wrecked and exploded.
According to Virginia State Police, the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. at mile marker 22 on I-77’s northbound lane near the Wythe County line.
The report said the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control in the curve, most likely because his load shifted. The tractor-trailer went through a guard rail and down the embankment.
It exploded and caught fire.
The northbound right lane and shoulder were closed most of Friday.
State police say the driver, 24-year-old Joshua Gantt of Vale, N.C., was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment of burns and broken bones. He is expected to be okay, police said.
The wreck occurred at the infamous “tater hole” spot known for numerous crashes. It is so named because of a wreck there that spilled a load of potatoes.