Police identify 3 people killed in I-81 multi-vehicle crash

Police identify 3 people killed in I-81 multi-vehicle crash
Virginia State Police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash in Rockingham County. (Source: Virginia State Police)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -Virginia State Police have identified the three people who were killed in a multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 81 on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash shut down all southbound lanes of I-81 near Mount Crawford for the entire afternoon, resulting in backups and extreme congestion on Route 11.

According to police, a 2016 Volvo tractor trailer driven by 52-year-old William A. Milam, of Jamestown, Tennessee, was heading north on Interstate 81 when it ran off the left side of the roadway, through the interstate median, into southbound lanes, and and crashed head-on into a southbound 2013 Honda Civic and a 2012 Ford E-450.

Police say the impact of the crash caused a southbound 2003 Honda Element to then crash into the Ford and the Volvo's trailer hit a southbound 2016 Freightliner tractor trailer as well.

Milam died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

The driver of the Honda Civic, 33-year-old Dylan P. Snell, of Clemmons, North Carolina, and the driver of the Ford E-450, 41-year-old Robert W. Fitzgerald, of Crimora, Virginia, died at the scene as well.

All of them were wearing their seat belts.

The driver, of the Honda Element, a 21-year-old man from Stephens City, was taken to Sentara RMH with minor injuries. Another 21-year-old man who was a passenger in the Element suffered minor injuries as well.

Police say a 32-year-old man who was a passenger in the Ford driven by Fitzgerald was taken to Sentara RMH with serious injuries.

The driver of the Freightliner, a 40-year-old man from Florence, New Jersey, suffered minor injuries as well.

Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

The crash remains under investigation.

Virginia State Police responded, with assistance from VSP’s Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team, VSP’s Motor Carrier Team, Harrisonburg Fire and Rescue, Rockingham Fire and Rescue, Virginia Department of Transportation, and DBI.

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