Accident closes I-81 Saturday afternoon

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. - An accident on Interstate 81 stopped traffic Saturday afternoon.

According to Virginia State Police it happened around 1 p.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker 46.

Police tell us a pick up truck was passing a tractor trailer when the driver lost control, crossed the median and hit another tractor trailer.

We're told the tractor trailer jackknifed.

Crews were called in to clean up diesel fuel.

The driver of the tractor trailer was flown to the hospital. She's in stable, but serious condition.

The driver of the truck, Arthur Dale is also in the hospital in serious condition. We're told he's charged with reckless driving.

State Police tell us all lanes are now back open.

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