Update: Early-morning Interstate 81 crash in Montgomery County kills four people

Update: Early-morning Interstate 81 crash in Montgomery County kills four people

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Four people in an SUV pulling a U-Haul on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County died in a 3:30 a.m. Tuesday crash, according to Virginia State Police.

A 2018 Chevrolet Equinox was pulling a U-Haul trailer traveling north on Interstate 81, when the vehicle lost control and spun around at the 120.3 mile marker, coming to rest facing southbound in the northbound travel lanes.  The Chevrolet was then struck by a northbound Freightliner tractor trailer.

The Chevrolet was driven by Douangpee Amnatkeo, 54, of Shippensburg, Pa. Amnatkeo died at the scene.

There were three passengers in the Chevrolet. Monthy Matnopaseuth, 39, of Reading, Pa., and Ericssan Kathpratoum, 13, Shippensburg, Pa., died at the scene. The third passenger, Samiane Kothpratoum, 37 of Shippensburg, Pa., was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by helicopter, where he later died.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

The fatal accident came hours after a series of accidents at the 120 mile marker involving an estimated 20 vehicles shut down that section of interstate in the northbound travel lanes on Monday.

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