Update: Police Release Names of Those Killed in I-77 Pileup
Update Monday 9:33 p.m.:
Carroll Co., VA- State Police have now released the names of the three people killed in the massive pileup on I-77. We're told all three people died at the scene of the crash.
33-year-old William Sosebee of Allen, Kentucky was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tractor-trailer.
71-year-old Kathern Worley of Iron Station, North Carolina was a passenger in a different vehicle that struck the same tractor trailer.
And 24-year-old Andrew Katbi of Delphos, Ohio was driving a vehicle that rear-ended a different tractor-trailer.
Update Monday 7:23 a.m.:
Carroll Co., VA - Traffic is moving again along Interstate 77 in Carroll County after a series of accidents that killed three people and injured dozens more.
It happened around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in Carroll County near the Virginia/North Carolina border.
Troopers believe heavy fog led to the accident that involved more than 90 cars, buses and tractor trailers.
More than 25 people went to the hospital, some with critical injuries.
Update 8:30 p.m.:
Carroll Co., VA-- Virginia State Police are still in the process of investigating a series of chain-reaction crashes that occurred Sunday afternoon in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at the 6 mile marker in Carroll County. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, all northbound lanes of I-77 were open to through traffic. State police hope to have the scene cleared in the southbound lanes around 9 p.m. Sunday.
State police have determined there were a total of 17 separate traffic crashes involving 95 vehicles within a mile span of the 6 mile marker. All occurred in the southbound lanes of I-77 towards the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. At the "epicenter" of the crashes, was a 6-8 vehicle crash in which the vehicles caught fire. The main cause of the crashes were motorists traveling too fast for foggy conditions.
There are three confirmed fatalities as a result of the crashes. Approximately 25 other individuals were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from serious to minor.
Carroll County public school buses were used to transport motorists - not injured in the crashes but their vehicles were too damaged to drive away - to nearby hotels and other locations for shelter overnight.
American Red Cross disaster workers, in coordination with local emergency management in Carroll County, are providing shelter for those impacted by the accident. Additional disaster workers, feeding vehicles, and cots and blankets are en route. The Red Cross is also providing meals for the families as well as first responders.
Carroll Co., VA--Virginia State Police are on the scene of a multi-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 in Carroll County that has claimed three lives and injured more than 20 others.
The first calls to 911 began coming in at around 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Due to excessive fog in the area of Fancy Gap Mountain, at least 75 vehicles were involved in a series of crashes in the southbound lanes of I-77 near the 6 mile marker. At this time, three fatalities are confirmed. Approximately 25 other individuals have been transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The southbound lanes of I-77 are closed at the 6 mile marker, near the Virginia and North Carolina border. Northbound lanes are also closed in order to allow emergency vehicles to get to and from the southbound lanes as quickly and safely as possible.
Detours are in place to re-direct I-77 traffic in both directions. The northbound lanes should be re-opening within the next two hours. Southbound lanes will remain closed for a significant amount of time as troopers investigate the crashes and get vehicles removed from the scene. Those needing to travel through Carroll County on I-77 are advised to make alternate travel plans and/or anticipate significant delays.