Update: VSP names three dead in crash on Interstate 81

interstate 81Three people are dead from injuries in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County on Wednesday.

A 2016 Volvo tractor trailer was traveling north on I-81, when it ran off of the left side of the roadway at the 239 mile marker, running through the median, and colliding head on with a southbound 2013 Honda Civic, and a 2012 Ford E-450.

The impact caused a southbound 2003 Honda Element to collide with the Ford. The Volvo’s trailer collided with a southbound 2016 Freightliner tractor trailer.

The driver of the Volvo, William A. Milam, 52, of Jamestown, Tn., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Milam was wearing a seat-belt.

The driver of the Honda Civic, Dylan P. Snell, 33, of Clemmons, NC., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Snell was wearing a seat-belt.

The driver of the Ford, Robert W. Fitzgerald Jr., 41, of Crimora, Va., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Fitzgerald was wearing a seat-belt.

A passenger in the Ford, a 32-year-old male, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center. The male was wearing a seat-belt.

The driver of the Honda Element, a 21 year-old male, of Stephens City, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center. The male was wearing a seat-belt.

A passenger in the Honda Element, a 21 year-old male, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center. The male was wearing seat-belt.

The driver of the Freightliner, a 40-year-old male, of Florence, N.J., suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Sentara RMH Hospital. The male was wearing a seat-belt.

The identities of the descendants are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The crash cleanup caused I-81 southbound to be closed for several hours.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police was by VSP’s Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team, VSP’s Motor Carrier Team, Harrisonburg Fire and Rescue, Rockingham Fire and Rescue, Virginia Department of Transportation, and DBI.


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