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UPDATE: Additional charges filed in I-81 truck crash

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WYTHEVILLE (WVVA) - Additional charges have been filed against the tractor-trailer driver whose truck overturned on Interstate 81 Monday, crushing a pickup truck underneath.

Jamie S. Richardson, 40, of Trap Hill, N.C., was originally charged with reckless driving and for failing to wear a seat belt. He now faces the additional following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance Schedule I or II (one count)
  • Possession of marijuana (one count)
  • Possession of synthetic cannabinoids (one count)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (one count)

Richardson was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck, William Persinger of Covington, Va., was also transported by ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Persinger was wearing a seat belt.

Richardson is now free on bond. The crash remains under investigation.

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WYTHE COUNTY -- Virginia State Police are finishing up at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County, Va. At 12:12 p.m., Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper H.D. Mooney was called to the scene at the 81 mile marker in the southbound lanes of I-81.

A tractor-trailer was traveling north on I-81 when it crossed through the median into the southbound lanes of I-81. The tractor-trailer, loaded with approximately 50,000 lbs of strawberries, then overturned in the southbound lanes landing on top of a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. (See attached photos taken by VSP)

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jamie S. Richardson, 40, of Trap Hill, N.C., was not wearing a seat belt. Richardson suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital. He has been charged with reckless driving and for not wearing a seat belt. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

The driver of the pickup truck, William Persinger of Covington, Va., was also transported by ambulance to Wythe County Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Persinger was wearing a seat belt.

State police hope to have the southbound lanes re-opened by 3:45 p.m.

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WYTHE CO. (WVVA) - At least one person is injured and is being flown by State Police Med-Flight helicopter after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County.
 
At 12:12 p.m., state troopers were called to the crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of I-81 at the 81 mile marker. A tractor-trailer,  loaded with approximately 50,000 lbs of strawberries, has overturned blocking the lanes.
 
Police say that all southbound lanes are closed at this time. Traffic is being detoured at Exit 84.
 
WVVA will continue to provide updates as they become available.
 
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