Virginia Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills One and Injures Another

by Staff Blogger | February 2nd, 2012

February 2, 2012

A tractor-trailer accident involving two trucks along I-81 near Roanoke, Virginia, has left one driver dead and another injured. According to reports from WDBJ 7 News, the crash happened just before 2:00 this morning near mile marker 167 in Botetourt County.

Virginia State Police say that a 51-year-old driver was hauling two trailers behind his truck when, unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck began to jackknife, causing one of the trailers to smash into a guardrail, while the other flew across the median and into the southbound lanes of traffic. That is when another tractor-trailer heading south smashed into the wrecked trailer and rolled down an embankment.

The driver of the first truck that crashed was declared dead at the scene, and the driver of the second truck was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for injuries he sustained.

The accident also caused a poison that was being hauled in one of the trailers, Thioglycol, to spill onto the highway. Locals were evacuated from the area and some are concerned about both long and short term health affects in residents.

The Virginia truck accident lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are well-versed in the intricacies of the laws that govern the trucking industry and are here to answer any questions you may have if you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial tractor-trailer.