Trucker and Two Motorists Killed in 5-Vehicle Crossover Crash
Rockingham County, VA – A trucker and two motorists perished in a 5-vehicle crossover crash along Interstate 81 in Virginia on Wednesday.
Virginia State Police (VSP) say the accident occurred close to mile marker 239 on I-81 around 2 p.m. on January 15.
According to investigators, 52-year-old trucker William A. Milam, of Jamestown, TN, was operating a 2016 Volvo tractor-trailer northbound when he lost control and drove through the median and into the southbound lanes.
The big rig then struck a Honda Civic and Ford E-450 head on.
A Honda Element then collided with the Ford, while Milam’s trailer collided with a southbound Freightliner tractor-trailer.
The drivers of the Civic, 33-year-old Dylan P. Snell, of Clemmons, NC, and the Ford, 41-year-old Robert W. Fitzgerald Jr., of Crimora, VA, died at the scene, along with Milam.
The driver of the Freightliner, identified as a 40-year-old male, of Florence, NJ, was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A passenger in the Ford, a 32-year-old male, suffered serious injuries.
The driver of the Honda Element, a 21-year-old male, of Stephens City, VA, along with a passenger, also a 21-year-old male, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to nearby hospital as well.
VSP investigators were on scene for hours as all southbound lanes of I-81 near Mount Crawford were shut down creating significant delays.
Officials have not released a determination as to what caused Milam to crossover the median.
The crash is still under investigation.
Photo courtesy of VSP