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Amber Alert

Friday, January 18, 2008

One man injured in Friday morning accident on Interstate 81

Crews worked an accident early Friday morning on Interstate 81.

It happened at mile marker 162 near Buchanan.

The driver was traveling south on Interstate 81 when he slid and ran into the back of a tractor trailer truck. The driver had to be cut out of the vehicle. He was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was said to be conscious and speaking to emergency responders. That is all the information we have on his condition at this time.

Another accident on Interstate 81 north of Buchanan in last night backed up traffic for miles. Both wrecks have been cleared.

Emergency responders want to remind everyone to take their time on the road Friday morning.

"When you're running at a high rate speed in inclement weather, the speed factor plays a big role, " says Steven Prease of the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department. Prease says the key thing for drivers to remember on the road is to slow down.

VDOT also released a traffic alert Friday morning saying road conditions are now varying between minor and moderate.