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Crash on Interstate 81 in Washington Co., VA kills 3, injures 1

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) -

Update:
The names of individuals involved in a serious accident Tuesday evening on Interstate 81 have been released.

According to a Virginia State Police news release, the driver of a Toyota Avalon, Abenezer D. Thewdros, 19, and two passengers in the vehicle, Abel N. Ayele, 19, and Alemu S. Ameha, 25, all of Alexandria,Va., died at the scene, after the Toyota Avalon hit a tractor trailer

Another passenger in the Toyota, Arketsadik Yilma, 19, also of Alexandria, Va., was flown by Virginia State Police Med-Flight helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Thewdros, a graduate of Wakefield High School, was reportedly a freshman at The University of Virginia-Wise, and planned on majoring in computer science, according to a UVA-Wise news release.

"We are saddened by Abenezer's death," Chancellor Donna P. Henry said. "Our prayers go out to his family and friends during this time of tremendous grief."

The driver and passenger of the tractor trailer were reportedly not injured.

Tuesday’s crash is still under investigation and alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

According to the VSP news release, southbound lanes were re-opened to traffic around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Update:

Virginia State Police just issued another update on the fatal crash in Washington County, VA Tuesday night.   Here's the full statement:

At 6:22 p.m. Tuesday (June 3, 2014), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper R.W. Addison was called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash. The crash occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the 34 mile marker in Washington County, Va.

A tractor-trailer traveling south on I-81 experienced a flat tire and pulled off onto the right shoulder to inspect the tire. As the tractor-trailer driver and passenger were walking back to the cab of the truck, a southbound Toyota Avalon ran off the left side of I-81. The driver of the Toyota overcorrected causing the car to slid sideways into the rear of the tractor-trailer.

The male driver and two male passengers in the Toyota died at the scene. A third male passenger was flown by Virginia State Police Med-Flight helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Neither the tractor-trailer driver nor his passenger was injured.

Virginia State Police are still in the process of notifying the next of kin of the deceased. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

Southbound lanes were re-opened to traffic at approximately 9:30 p.m.




Update:

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller released a statement tonight.   She said the crash happened at 6:22 pm when a car and a tractor trailer collided in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near milemarker 34 in Washington County.   Geller said three people died and a fourth was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Geller said no other information was available at this time.





Update: 


Washington County, Va. Emergency Management Director Pokey Harris confirmed there are three fatalities reported from a crash on Interstate 81 Tuesday evening.

Keep checking WJHL.com for updates as they become available.

Update:


Virginia State Police Sgt. Conroy told News Channel 11 that the crash on Interstate I-81 near Chilhowie is fatal.

Conroy did not release the number of fatalities, but said a car left the road and hit a tractor trailer that was stopped on the side of the interstate changing a tire.

Four passengers were reportedly inside the car and at least one has been flown to an area hospital for treatment.

Emergency crews are reportedly still working on extricating patients from the crashed car near mile marker 34.

One lane of I-81 southbound is also beginning to move near the crash scene.

Keep checking WJHL.com for updates as they become available.



News Channel 11 learned of a serious crash near mile marker 34 southbound on Interstate 81 in Southwest Virginia Tuesday evening.According to Pokey Harris, with Washington County, Va. Emergency Management Agency, there are unconfirmed reports of multiple fatalities following a crash that happened around 6:30 p.m. near the Smyth County/ Washington County, Va. county lines, just south of Exit 35 in Chilhowie, Va.

Southbound lanes of I-81 are stopped at mile marker 34 due to the crash, but northbound lanes are reported to be operating as normal.

Harris said EMS, fire, and Medivac personnel are en route to the crash.

News Channel 11 has a reporter heading to the scene.

Keep checking WJHL.com for updates as more information becomes available.

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