At 8:12 p.m. Thursday (June 8, 2023), Virginia State Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash in Wythe County. A Kia Forte was traveling south on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the interstate at the 73 mile marker. The Kia continued through the median and struck head-on a northbound tractor-trailer. The impact of the crash sent the Kia into the path of a northbound Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. The motorcycle was unable to avoid striking the Kia.
The driver of the Kia and a passenger on the motorcycle died at the scene.
A passenger in the Kia and the motorcycle’s operator were flown to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.