UPDATE FROM STATE POLICE: Virginia State Police Trooper C. Viera-Cintron is investigating a single-vehicle crash in Roanoke County. The crash occurred Feb. 24, 2019, at 5 p.m. on Interstate 81 at the 140 mile marker. A 1999 Ford F-150 was traveling north on I-81 when it ran off the left side of the interstate and continued into the media. It struck the concrete barrier guardrail along the southbound lanes of I-81 at the overpass, became airborne, and landed below on Route 311…which runs underneath I-81. The driver, Quinton A. Smith, 24, of Troutville, Va., was ejected from the vehicle onto Route 311. He was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Smith was charged with reckless driving, as speed was a factor in the crash.
PREVIOUS: State Police are investigating a crash that occurred at 5:03 p.m. on Interstate 81 northbound at the 140 exit to Thompson Memorial Blvd in Roanoke County. A white pickup has ran off the left side of the roadway on Interstate 81, into the median and has fallen onto Thompson Memorial Blvd. It is unknown what caused the crash at this time. We do not have the condition of the driver, other than the driver is injured. Thompson Memorial Blvd will be closed for an extended period of time while the investigation is conducted.