3 Dead in 75-Vehicle Pileup at Virginia-NC Line

More than 20 injured in crash on Interstate 77

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 31, 2013 3:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – Virginia State Police say three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border. The Virginia Department of Transportation says traffic is backed up about 8 miles. State police say a series of wrecks began around 1:15pm today in the southbound lanes in the area of Fancy Gap Mountain in southwest Virginia. There was heavy fog at the time. The interstate is closed in both directions. Northbound lanes are closed so emergency vehicles can get to the southbound lanes. Motorists are being advised to seek alternate routes.

This image provided by WXII Channel 12 news,  shows the scene following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
This image provided by WXII Channel 12 news, shows the scene following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday, March 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/WXII, William Bottomley)
This image provided by WXII Channel 12 news,  shows the scene following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
This image provided by WXII Channel 12 news, shows the scene following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday, March 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/WXII, William Bottomley)
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