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Two Crashes on Interstate 81 Cause Delays

23 August 2017 News

On August 22, 2017, accidents on Interstate 81 caused backups for motorists. One accident between Toms Brook and Strasburg at mile marker 293 closed all northbound lanes of the interstate. The accident occurred around 3:45pm and delays reached about five miles back. One lane was reopened at around 4:10pm.

Many drivers trying to avoid the accident took Route 11 but saw congestion as there too. Roughly seventy miles south of the first accident another accident was reported near mile marker 222.6. The multi-vehicle accident closed the left shoulder and left lane of the road.

All lanes near the accident at the 293 mile marker were able to be reopened at approximately 4:23pm.

Delays reached up to about eight miles back. It took until after 5:00pm for all lanes to reopen and for traffic to return to a normal flow.

There was an increase of traffic on I-81 North due to individuals who traveled South to view the solar eclipse in its path of totality. Additionally, there was high traffic near Harrisonburg because of first year move in for James Madison University students.

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