Crash on I-81 in Roanoke County Leaves 2 Dead and 2 People Seriously Injured

Today was a tough day for the Virginia State Police and other Roanoke first responders.  At approximately 11:00 a two-vehicle crash occured on I-81 near the Lakeside Exit at MM 141. When rescue personnel arrived at the scene, it was reported that one vehicle had flipped over on the highway and that another was upside in the woods near the Interstate.  Two people were died as a result of the crash and two others were flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries. Both southbound lanes of I-81 were closed from the time of the crash until 5:00pm this evening.  Traffic was backed-up for miles on this overcrowded stretch of road. As Spring and Summer draw near, we can expect to see increased travel on Interstate 81. Common causes of highway accidents are as follows: Drowsy Drivers–  Many of the vehicles on the Interstate are on long-distance journeys.  Too many miles and too many hours in the car can cause drowsiness even amoung the…

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