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UPDATE: Northbound lanes back open from I-77 Bland Co. accident, Southbound lane remains closed

BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WVVA) – UPDATE 8:00 a.m.

Virginia State Police Trooper Slaughter has confirmed all Northbound lanes are open at this time. One Southbound lane remains closed to traffic.

Trooper Slaughter says guardrail repair has been scheduled, but he could not provide an exact time for those repairs.

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BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WVVA) – UPDATE 7:40 a.m.

Virginia State Police says one Southbound lane is open and one Northbound lane is open to traffic near mile marker 66. Northbound is expected to open soon, but no exact time can be given by the VSP.

When asked about the “liquid contents” from the press release, the VSP could not give WVVA an answer at this time.

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BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WVVA) – UPDATE 3:45 a.m.

Virginia State Police says one Southbound lane is open and one Northbound lane is open to traffic near mile marker 66. When asked about an estimate time for the scene return to normal, the VSP says there is no exact timeline.

Crews are in the process of off-loading the chemical from the scene of the incident.

 

 

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BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WVVA) – UPDATE 10:44 p.m.

Virginia State Police says both Southbound lanes are closed on I-77 in Bland County. One lane of Northbound traffic was open to traffic, and one lane was closed. Traffic is still being re-routed on U.S. 52.

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An accident on I-77 South in Bland County, Virginia near the Rocky Gap exit has shut down the Southbound lanes.

The accident involved a single tractor trailer, and it happened just outside the East River Mountain Tunnel. Police say the accident happened around 2:45 p.m. when a tractor trailer traveling South jackknifed when it exited the tunnel.

The driver was not seriously injured but the trailer was damaged in the crash and is now leaking its liquid contents.

Bland County Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Transportation are both on scene.

The Northbound and Southbound lanes of I-77 are closed at this time. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Our crew on scene says part of the truck was laying in the Southbound lanes of I-77 and traffic is being re-routed on U.S. 52. You’re urged to avoid this area of I-77 if possible.

WVVA will update you as we learn more.

Melinda Zosh

Evening Anchor and Producer

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