Tractor-trailers collide on I-77, killing one

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HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have called in an accident reconstruction team to investigate a fatal wreck involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 77 Tuesday in northern Carroll County.


The investigation is still underway and as of Wednesday, Sgt. Mike Conroy expected it to take some time to play out.

In the meantime, Conroy released the name of the driver of the 2002 Peterbilt truck that crashed through the guardrail from the northbound lanes and through the median.

He was identified Brian Scott Grubb, 39, of Anderson, S.C.

His tractor-trailer slammed in a 1999 Volvo truck that was headed southbound.

The driver of the Volvo — Saboto Lettieri, 54, of New York state — died at the scene.

The collision crushed the cab of the Volvo and knocked the rig onto the shoulder, where it came to a rest.

The Peterbilt continued to travel until it left the interstate to the west and went up an embankment.

The force of the wreck snapped the Peterbilt's trailer in half and the two parts ended up not quite parallel to each other. It spilled part of its freight, which appeared to be large plastic water tanks.

The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker shortly before noon Tuesday, about two miles south of the Wythe County line.

Virginia State Police responded in force with Carroll County deputies, the Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll EMS and others.

Grubb was flown from the scene in a medical helicopter to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Sgt. Mike Conroy with the Virginia State Police.

Information about Grubb's condition was not available, but a spokeswoman for the hospital said he was not listed as a patient.

The matter is still under investigation. No charges have been filed.