Due to the heavy smoke from the truck, lanes in both directions of Interstate 81 at the 55 mile marker are closed to through traffic right now, and traffic is being detoured.

State police were called to the scene at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday. One person has been flown from the scene via State Police Med-Flight helicopter."


We've learned about a multiple-vehicle accident in Smyth County.

The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 81 near mile marker 53 southbound.

There are reports of a tanker overturning and exploding.

Multiple vehicles are involved in the accident. There is currently no word on possible injuries.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will bring you more details as they are available.