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UPDATE: Names of I-77 crash victims released

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Virginia State Police has released the names of the two people killed in Tuesday's crashes on I-77.  

Robert C. Wiest, 57, of Gratz, Penn., died at the scene.  Wiest was headed southbound on I-77 when the tractor-trailer he was driving rear-ended a tractor-trailer that had stopped in the road at mile marker five.  At the 4.8 mile marker in the southbound lanes, Marvin D. Miller, 58, of Stanfield, N.C., was involved in a traffic crash after that initial incident.  His 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was struck in the driver's side by a tractor-trailer.  Miller died at the scene.

Traffic is moving again on Interstate 77.  Tuesday's crashes involving 75 vehicles and closed the southbound lanes for about nine hours.  Thirty-six vehicles involved in Tuesday's wrecks were commercial vehicles.  In addition to the two fatalities, 16 others were injured.

The southbound lanes were closed from Wytheville to the North Carolina border after several crashes beginning at 11:39 a.m.  A crash in the northbound lane involving at least two tractor-trailers just before 5 p.m. shut down traffic in that direction.

All lanes were reopened as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

State police say heavy fog in the Fancy Gap area reduced visibility to zero.

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