VSP Investigating Fatal Crash in Augusta Co. At 81-64 Split : Updated 11.21.22 / 11:45 AM

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Photo Via Virginia State Police : The scene of a fatal traffic accident Saturday morning at the I-81/64 split. November 29, 2022
Photo Via Virginia State Police : The scene of a fatal traffic accident Saturday morning at the I-81/64 split. November 29, 2022

I-81/64 Split
Augusta County, Virginia

Updated 11:45 AM 11.21.22

From VSP :

“At 6:17 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 19), Virginia State Police responded to a crash in Augusta County at the I-81 and I-64 interchange.

A 2016 Mack tractor-trailer was traveling west on I-64. As it was taking the ramp to merge onto I-81 south, the tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road and went through the guardrail. The trailer landed in the northbound lanes of I-81, where it struck a 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

The driver of the Toyota, Cynthia L. Fanning, 58, of Buxton, Maine, was transported for treatment of serious injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt.
A passenger in the Toyota, Mark J. Fanning, 76, of Buxton, Maine, died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Ronald W. Wenger, 59, of Broadway, Va., was transported for treatment of serious injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Wenger was charged with reckless driving (46.2-852). The crash remains under investigation.


Shelby Crouch
Public Relations Coordinator
Virginia State Police”

 

Original post:
From VSP Richmond:
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“At 6:17 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 19), Virginia State Police responded to a crash in Augusta County at the I-81 and I-64 interchange.

A tractor-trailer was traveling west on I-64. As it was taking the ramp to merge onto I-81 south, the tractor-trailer ran off the road and went through the guardrail. The trailer landed in the northbound lanes of I-81, where it struck a pickup truck.

The driver and passenger in the tractor-trailer were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

An individual in the pickup truck died at the scene.

The tractor-trailer was loaded with chicken waste, which spilled across the travel lanes when the tank was damaged in the crash. Clean up is underway.

There were two secondary, minor crashes due to the slick road conditions caused by the waste spill. No injuries involved in those.

The crash remains under investigation.

Please follow VDOT/511 for information on the detour that is in place.

Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police”

 

I-81 SOUTHBOUND REOPENS NEAR STAUNTON – NORTHBOUND LANES REMAIN CLOSED

Ramp from I-64 Westbound to I-81 Southbound Open to Single-Lane Traffic

STAUNTON – (11:30 a.m.) Both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 have reopened following a tractor trailer crash at mile marker 221 near Staunton. The incident took place shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday when a truck crashed through the railing of the I-64 westbound bridge over I-81. The truck landed on the I-81 northbound lanes, which remain closed due to cleanup operations.

Northbound I-81 traffic is detoured at exit 220 and follows Route 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) north to rejoin the interstate at exit 225.

The ramp from I-64 westbound to I-81 southbound has partly reopened. Motorists can use the left lane of the ramp, but the right lane will remain closed for an undetermined time while contractors make repairs to the bridge railing.

For updated traffic alerts and travel information, dial 511 or go tohttp://www.511Virginia.org.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. Follow VDOT on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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