UPDATE: State Police ID Driver of Tractor Trailer Killed on I-81
Roanoke Co., VA - State Police are investigating a fatal accident on I-81 in Roanoke County early Monday morning.
Richard Lee Heist, Jr., 52, of Paradise, Pennsylvania was pronounced dead at the scene, State Police say.
Police say Heist was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The tractor trailer he was driving ran off the right side of the I-81 southbound exit ramp 141 around 4:30 a.m.
Police say the truck, owned by Shumaker Trucking out of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, was hauling empty paint cans.
The truck went down an embankment and hit several trees before coming to a stop.