On Sunday, March 31st, almost 100 vehicles were involved in a crash along Interstate 77 in Southwest Virginia.
Three people were killed and other 25 were injured in the crash which took place yesterday around 1:15 p.m. along Interstate 77 in Southwest Virginia. The police closed the northbound lanes to provide access for ambulances, fire trucks and authorities to the chain-reaction wrecks.
According to the Virginia State Police there were in fact 17 separate crashes which involved 95 vehicles, spreading within a mile reaching the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. The crash was caused by fog, poor visibility and drivers going too fast for these conditions.
“This mountain is notorious for fog banks. They have advance signs warning people. But the problem is, people are seeing well and suddenly they’re in a fog bank,” said Glen Sage of the American Red Cross office in the town of Galax.
The Roanoke Times says that since 1997 at least six similar crashes took place on the mountain, but this one was the most deadly. The chain-reaction crash was caused by a wreck involving 8 vehicles, some of them catching fire. The northbound lanes were reopened on Sunday night and the other side is to be cleared by this evening.