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Rural Retreat man dies following accident on I-81

January 29, 2011|News 7 Web Staff

A Rural Retreat man is dead following an accident on Interstate 81.

The accident happened just before 5 p.m. Friday night near mile marker 62, which is in Wythe County.

William Thayer was traveling north on the highway when he attempted to make a left turn into the median crossover.

His pickup truck was struck by a tractor trailer.

The 58-year-old died at the scene.

The tractor trailer driver suffered minor injuries.

Betty Jean Thayer, a passenger in the pickup truck, also was injured.

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