A tractor-trailer that hit a bridge on Interstate 81 caused major delays in Botetourt County for much of the afternoon, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The accident occurred around noon on I-81 southbound at mile marker 167 near Buchanan. Traffic was backed up about 9 miles as of around 3:30 p.m., according to VDOT. VDOT spokeswoman Heidi Coy said all lanes were clear by 5:15 p.m.
Coy said that a tractor-trailer hit the left side of a bridge over Purgatory Creek, resulting in a 70 gallon diesel and oil spill that closed the right northbound lane. The lane was closed while crews cleaned up the spill. A bridge inspection crew was also at the scene to survey the damage.
– Jessica Marcy | The Roanoke Times
Photos by S. J. Carter | Special to The Botetourt View