Tractor trailer causes multiple wrecks on I-77

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By Staff Reports

Local rescue squads, fire departments and police aided Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad after a series of accidents on Interstate 77 last Saturday.
According to a report from the Virginia State Police, a total of 15 vehicles, two of them tractor trailers, were involved in seven separate accidents, said a representative of Cana Volunteer Rescue Squad.
"From what we could determine, the cause was a tractor trailer that lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned," said First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police.
The driver explained at the scene that the trailer started swaying while he was traveling. Musser said that it was not clear whether roadways were clear, or if weather played a part in the crash.
No ticket was issued for the driver of the tractor trailer, but tickets were issued to drivers in subsequent accident groupings. "Some got summonses for following too close. We got a lot of secondary accidents with drivers rear-ending one another."
Musser reported that an out-of-state passenger in one vehicle sustained a serious head injury as the result of a collision. The passenger was transported to Baptist Hospital, N.C., and was still being treated there Wednesday.
Other minor injuries were reported, but no further transportation was needed for medical care.
Both southbound lanes of I-77 were closed at mile marker 3 to prevent further incident, and a detour route was set up at Exit 8, according to a report from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
One lane of traffic was cleared within an hour and a half of the incidents, and the road was completely clear at around two and a half hours, Musser said.
Cana received aid at the scene from over 10 agencies, including Pipers Gap Rescue Squad, Surry County EMS, Mount Airy Rescue Squad, Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, Laurel Fork Volunteer Rescue Squad, Carroll County Fire and Rescue, Cana Volunteer Fire Department, Galax Grayson EMS, Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department, Dugspur Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia State Police, and Lester's Transmissions and Towing.