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UPDATE: State Police Release Cause of Sunday's Pileup on I-81

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The traffic on I-81 MM 190.7 from our VDOT camera access. The northbound traffic is on the left. The traffic on I-81 MM 190.7 from our VDOT camera access. The northbound traffic is on the left.
Picture Courtesy: Robert Foresman Picture Courtesy: Robert Foresman
Picture Courtesy: Robert Foresman Picture Courtesy: Robert Foresman
Photo from ABC 13's Claudia Rupcich Photo from ABC 13's Claudia Rupcich

Update: 1:08 p.m.

Rockbridge Co., VA - State Police say rain and the glare from the sun may have caused a massive pileup on I-81 in Rockbridge County Sunday.

State Police say more than 40 vehicles were involved in the crash in Rockbridge County at mile marker 176.

Several people were taken to the hospital, with what are described as non-life threatening injuries.

Crews were able to clear most of the wreckage by about 11 p.m. Sunday.

The tractor trailers are still on the side of the road and should be removed Monday night.

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Update 11:20 p.m.

Rockbridge Co., VA - Rockbridge County crews say both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County have been reopened. 

The 41-vehicle pileup happened around 5 p.m. Sunday near the mile marker 176 just south of Route 716.

Several people were taken to the hospital, but emergency crews say they don't think anyone had life-threatening injuries.

Officials from Virginia State Police, the Rockbridge County Fire Department, EMS and the sheriff's office responded to the accident. Crews have been working all night to tow the cars off the interstate and clean up the debris.

A couple from North Carolina was part of the pileup. They're car was hit by a tractor trailer, but luckily they weren't hurt. They, and other witnesses , say the weather was the reason for the accident.

"It's like of course the rain and then the sun came out and the sun was so bright and no one could see 50 feet in front of them. We were trying to do the best we could, and then people just started going off the road," said Shay and Danielle Tippens.

In total, 41 vehicles were part of the accident, including tractor trailers and mobile homes. Crews say it was one huge chain reaction, causing one of the largest pileups they've ever seen.

"When I got out, and I looked behind us, I was just like 'Oh my God.' Everything that happened up here happened behind us...but,...it could've been so much worse," said Danielle Tippens.

Rockbridge County crews say the pileup stretched about 1 mile back.

They say they've removed all the cars from the road, but the tractor trailers will stay until Monday night.

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Update 7:45 p.m.:

Rockbridge Co., VA- Crews are on the scene of two massive pileups on I-81 in Rockbridge County.

Our affiliate, WHSV-TV reports 41 vehicles involved in the pileup.

Robert Foresman, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Rockbridge County, has confirmed the first pileup on I-81 southbound at mile marker 196. He tells us the accident involves dozens of vehicles and four semi trucks.

There are at least ten people who are being treated for injures.

There is also a secondary accident behind the initial backup, that one involves 15 vehicles. No word on injuries in that pileup yet.

Foresman tells us traffic is being detoured at mile marker 200.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and we'll have a complete update tonight at 11.

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