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UPDATE: Pile-Up in Dense Fog on I-77 Kills One, Injures Two

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UPDATE: 7:21 p.m.

Carroll Co., VA – An Ohio man died as a result of a pile-up on  I-77 northbound Saturday that involved three tractor trailers, two passenger vehicles, and a motorcycle, State Police say.

According to Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, crews were called to the crash near the top of Fancy Gap Mountain at mile marker 9 at 10:51 a.m.

Geller says the pile-up started when a tractor trailer traveling northbound suddenly had slam on its brakes as the driver encountered "slowed to stopped" traffic, likely from extremely dense fog in the area. The visibility was only around 25 feet, according to State Police.

As the first tractor trailer came to a stop, it was rear-ended by a second tractor trailer. The impact caused the first tractor trailer to jackknife across all of the northbound lanes, Geller said.

A third tractor trailer then struck the first tractor trailer. Then, a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle hit the jackknifed tractor trailer. Following that impact, a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser clipped the jackknifed tractor trailer and ran into the median.

A 2008 Chevy Blazer then struck the jackknifed tractor trailer, killing the driver, Dan. H. Grubb, 71, of The Plains, Ohio. Grubb's wife and passenger was transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, Geller said.

A female backseat passenger in the Blazer had to be transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax for non-life threatening injuries.

The male driver of the second tractor trailer was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital  for non-life threatening injuries.

Beyond the initial six-vehicle pile-up, there were several other secondary crashes that occurred in the resulting traffic that followed, but no other injuries were reported, Geller said.

The Fancy Gap area of I-77 is notoriously known for dense fog and serious accidents. VDOT had warning signs lit up before the accident, advising of the extremely dense fog.

 

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Carroll Co., VA – One person was killed as a result of an accident on I-77 northbound Saturday that involved three tractor trailers, two passenger vehicles, and a motorcycle, state police say.

According to Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, crews were called to the crash near the Fancy Gap exit (exit 8) at 10:51 a.m.

Geller wasn't able to give out any specifics on the fatality, including what vehicle the victim that died was in at the time of the accident.

Several injuries resulted from the accident as well, though the exact number has not yet been released by State Police. The injured were taken to three different hospitals within the region.

At the time of the crash, there was dense fog and rain in the area, Geller said. A series of secondary crashes resulted from the traffic backup from the original crash.

VDOT still reported a tractor trailer accident on its website at 2:56 p.m., near mile marker 8 northbound, but that accident has now been cleared.

Stay with ABC 13 for further updates as they become available.

Carroll Co., VA - Virginia State Police are still investigating a fatal, multi-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning (Sept. 21) on Interstate 77 in Carroll County. At 10:51 a.m., state police were called the scene of the crash in the northbound lanes of I-77 at the 9 mile marker on top of Fancy Gap Mountain. A total of six vehicles were involved – three tractor-trailers, two passenger vehicles and a motorcycle. At the time of the crash, it was misting and fog had set in with roughly 25 feet of visibility.

 

A tractor-trailer headed north on I-77 suddenly came upon slowed-to-stopped traffic in the northbound lanes. As it braked for the traffic it was rear-ended by a second northbound tractor-trailer. The impact then caused the first tractor-trailer to jackknife across all northbound lanes. A third tractor-trailer struck the first tractor-trailer. Then a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle came upon the jackknifed tractor-trailer and was able to lay it down on its side before striking the jackknifed tractor-trailer. A 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser clipped the jackknifed tractor-trailer before running off into the median.

 

Finally, a 2008 Chevrolet Blazer struck the jackknifed tractor-trailer. The driver of the Blazer, Dan H. Grubb, 71, of The Plains, Ohio, died at the scene. His wife, who was seated in the front seat, was transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A female backseat passenger was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

The male driver of the second tractor-trailer was also taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. None of the other drivers was injured.

 

There were also a series of minor secondary crashes that occurred in the backup from the first crash, but no fatalities or multi-vehicle crashes.

 

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Update 1:45 p.m.:

Carroll Co., VA - VDOT officials have reopened all of the northbound lanes of I-77 in Carroll County.

Officials closed the lanes after a multiple-vehicle crash happened near mile marker 8 on northbound I-77. 

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Carroll Co., VA – A tractor trailer accident has closed both northbound lanes of I-77, according to VDOT.

Northbound traffic is being diverted around the crash location at the Fancy Gap exit (Exit 8). The traffic is being routed onto the exit off-ramp and back onto an exit on-ramp while crews work to clear the accident.

Traffic backups are around five miles. VDOT says to expect major delays in the area.

Low visibilities and fog were reported in the area of Fancy Gap on I-77, though an official cause of the accident was not available Saturday afternoon.

Stay with ABC 13 for further updates.

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