At 2:49 p.m. Friday (July 10), Virginia State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 81. A 2017 International box truck was traveling south on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the interstate, crossed through the median and entered the northbound lanes.
The box truck struck a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and two tractor-trailers in the northbound lanes. One of the tractor-trailers then ran off the left side of the road and into the median.
The driver of the box truck, Orlando L. Craig, 44, of Arnold, Md., died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The passenger was transported for treatment of serious injuries and was also not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the Pathfinder, Stephen D. Bell, 34, of Mount Juliet, Tn. Was transported for treatment of minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt. Both of the passengers were also transported for treatment of minor injuries. The adult was wearing a seatbelt and the juvenile was in a child safety seat.
Both of the drivers of the two tractor trailers were transported for treatment of serious injuries. Both were wearing their seatbelts.
The crash remains under investigation at this time. The Virginia State Police Wytheville Division Crash Reconstruction and Motor Carrier Safety teams are assisting with the investigation.