Two men and one woman were killed Sunday afternoon (March 31, 2013) in a series of multi-vehicle crashes that occurred within a one mile stretch in Carroll County on Interstate 77.
At 1:17 p.m., Virginia State Police were called to the scene of the first crash at the 6 mile marker in the southbound lanes of I-77. The first crash sparked a chain reaction of 17 total traffic crashes that involved 95 vehicles. A total of three individuals were killed in the crashes and approximately 25 other individuals were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from serious to minor.
William M. Sosebee, 33, of Allen, Ky., was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77. Sosebee died at the scene. Kathern Worley, 71, of Iron Station, N.C., was a passenger in a different vehicle that collided with the same tractor-trailer. Worley also died at the scene.
Andrew Katbi, 24, of Delphos, Ohio, was driving a passenger vehicle that rear-ended a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77. Katbi also died at the scene.
The cause of the initial crash remains under investigation at this time. No charges have been placed. Heavy fog in the Fancy Gap Mountain area was a factor in the series of crashes, as vehicles were traveling too fast for conditions.
Southbound lanes of I-77 were re-opened to through traffic by 11:25 p.m. Sunday.