Tractor Trailer Driver Killed in Roanoke Co. Crash

Roanoke Co., VA - State Police say a tractor trailer driver was killed in a crash on I-81 in Roanoke County Wednesday night.

State Police say at about 10 p.m., traffic was backed up for several miles due to bridge work in Montgomery County. Police say as a tractor trailer driver came up on the stopped cars, he tried to merge into the right lane. His tractor trailer ended up hitting a car and another tractor trailer before jackknifing off the road way.

State Police say the driver of the first tractor trailer had to be cut out of the cab. He later died.

The driver car of the second tractor trailer had minor injuries.

All lanes of I-81 near exit 137 reopened about 5 a.m. Thursday.