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UPDATE: Allen, Ky. Man KIlled in Sunday's I-77 Pileup

By: Brooks Jarosz; The Associated Press Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 4/2/13
GALAX, Va. (AP) -- A man from Allen, Ky. was one of three people killed in that 95-car pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina on Sunday.

Virginia State Police say William Sosebee, 33, was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tractor trailer. Sosbee died at the scene.

The two other people killed were a 71-year-old woman from Iron Station, NC, and a 24-year-old man from Delphos, Ohio.

Besides the three people killed, 25 others were injured.

Virginia State Police say 17 separate crashes occurred within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. The wrecks began about 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area.

State Police say the crashes were mostly caused by drivers going too fast for conditions.



UPDATE 4/1/13 @ 7:25 a.m.
GALAX, Va. (AP) -- Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina has reopened following a 95-vehicle pileup that killed three people and injured 25 others.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says the southbound lanes reopened around 12 a.m. Monday. Authorities reopened the northbound lanes Sunday night.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says 17 separate crashes occurred within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. The wrecks began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area.

Geller says the crashes were mostly caused by drivers going too fast for conditions.

School buses took stranded people to shelters and hotels.

The Roanoke Times reports that there have been at least six such crashes on the mountain since 1997 but Sunday's pileup was the most deadly.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/31/13
GALAX, Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- Virginia State Police say three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says traffic is backed up about eight miles.

State police say a series of wrecks began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes near Fancy Gap Mountain in southwest Virginia. There was heavy fog at the time.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says several vehicles caught fire, but the flames have been put out.

The interstate is closed in both directions. Northbound lanes are closed so emergency crews can get access to the southbound lanes.

Motorists are being advised to seek alternate routes.

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