On June 1, 2023, at 9:32 p.m. the Virginia State Police responded to a traffic crash at the 133.8-mile marker on the southbound side of Interstate 81. The crash involved two vehicles, a pickup truck struck a Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department vehicle. The Sheriff’s vehicle was struck in the rear by the pickup truck, causing the Explorer to overturn.
The Sheriff’s Department vehicle was transporting two inmates. The deputy and both inmates were taken to Lewis Gale Hospital for injuries received in the crash. There is no information for the other driver at this time, but the call shows there was a summons issued for the driver of the pickup truck, which caused the crash.
The roadway was closed while the investigation was conducted and the vehicles were removed. VDOT assisted with detours and lane closures while the investigation was conducted. All lanes were opened by 12:30 a.m.