ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A Florida man was killed in a five-vehicle crash, including a tanker, on I-81 in Roanoke County on Sept. 9, according to Virginia State PoliceTh.
According to VSP, at approximately 10:09 p.m. Saturday, a 2003 Ford Excursion was traveling south on Interstate 81 near 134 mile when the driver allegedly crossed the median and struck a 2015 Ford Expedition, a 2022 Kia and a Nissan model year 2023 hit. The collision caused the Excursion to overturn and burst into flames.
A 2022 Mark tractor-trailer then collided with the Kia, killing 25-year-old Leonard John Pick of Palm Beach Shores, Florida.
According to VSP, Mr. Pick was dead at the scene and it is unknown whether he was wearing a seatbelt. A passenger in the Kia also suffered life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment. Her condition is currently unknown.
I-81 was closed for an extended period of time while HAZMAT crews and VDEM cleared the area of fuels and vapors contained in the trailer.
The accident remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction and Commercial Vehicle Teams.
WFXR News will update you on any new information as it is released.