Carroll County, Va. - Virginia State Police say they are still in the process of confirming the identities of the three deceased individuals from Sunday's multi-vehicle crash in Carroll County, Va., on I-77.
They tell us the southbound lanes of I-77 were re-opened to through traffic by 11:25 p.m. Sunday. The crashes remain under investigation.
Virginia State Poilce Spokeswoman, Corrine Geller, provided this recap of the incident to our newsroom Monday morning:
Virginia State Police are still in the process of investigating a series of chain-reaction crashes that occurred Sunday afternoon (March 31, 2013) in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at the 6 mile marker in Carroll County, Va. - six miles north of the Virginia-North Carolina border. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, all northbound lanes of I-77 were open to through traffic.
The first calls to 911 began coming in at approximately 1:15 p.m. Sunday. State police have determined there were a total of 17 separate traffic crashes involving 95 vehicles within a mile span of the 6 mile marker. All occurred in the southbound lanes of I-77 towards the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. At the "epicenter" of the crashes, was a 6-8 vehicle crash in which the vehicles caught fire.
There are three confirmed fatalities as a result of the crashes. Approximately 25 other individuals were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from serious to minor.
Since 5:47 a.m. Sunday, overhead message boards along I-77 had been advising motorists to slow their speed due to severe fog through the Fancy Gap Mountain area. The main cause of the crashes were motorists traveling too fast for conditions.
Carroll County public school buses were used to transport motorists - not injured in the crashes but their vehicles were too damaged to drive away - to nearby hotels and other locations for shelter overnight.