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Numerous accidents on I-81 in Wythe County

Numerous accidents in Wythe and Smyth counties backed up drivers on Interstate 81 Wednesday afternoon and closed traffic in both direction for some time.

January 26, 2011

Numerous accidents in Wythe and Smyth counties backed up drivers on Interstate 81 Wednesday afternoon and closed traffic in both direction for some time.

According to state police, the worst pile up involved nine vehicles, four of which were tractor trailers.  The accident happened around mile marker 58 northbound, near Rural Retreat in Wythe County.  There were no serious injuries.

State police say there were several other accidents from mile marker 58 through 62, in both the north and southbound lanes.

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The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Wythe County are still closed. 

State police say there were several wrecks on the northbound side at mile marker 60, near Rural Retreat.  We're told there were nine vehicles involved, four were tractor trailers. 

The southbound lanes of I-81 at mile marker 60 have re-opened.  State police say the road was closed earlier because several tractor trailers had trouble making it up the road. 

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We're told there were no major injuries in any of these wrecks.

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Crashes have shut down the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Wythe County.

According to VDOT, all lanes are closed at mile marker 60, near Rural Retreat.  Virginia State Police tells News7 several tractor trailers are involved. 

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