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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Three people were injured Saturday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County after the driver fell asleep at the wheel, according to state police.
The crash, which occurred about 2:25 p.m., involved a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer traveling in the left southbound lane, according to Trooper Todd Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury said the Chevrolet lost control and ran off the road near mile marker 114.9. It came back across the interstate, started overturning, and ran off the road to the left. It eventually rolled over five or six times, Shrewsbury said.
The vehicle caught fire, but a passing trucker stopped and put the flames out, he said. All three passengers were wearing their seat belts, but two had to be extricated. They were taken to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg.
“Some of them [their injuries] were pretty severe, but they were not life-threatening to my knowledge,” Shrewsbury said.
Although he did not identify the passengers Sunday, he said one was from Florida, one from Arizona and the third from New Jersey.
Drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the wreck, he said.
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