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UPDATED: 41 vehicles involved in I-81 accidents

Published On: Aug 11 2013 06:13:30 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 12 2013 05:47:44 PM EDT

Six tractor-trailers were involved in the wreck that happened near mile marker 196 in Rockbridge County on Sunday evening.

ROCKBRIDGE CO., Va. -

All lanes have reopened, and traffic is now moving again in the area.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to have one lane of Interstate 81 South in Rockbridge County re-opened between 10 p.m. and midnight after a 41-vehicle pileup.

The pileup is at mile marker 196.

State police at the scene tell WDBJ7 that a woman and child were airlifted from the accident to to the hospital.

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Two accidents Sunday evening on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County injured at least 10 people, and  involved more than 40 vehicles.  The incidents blocked the southbound lanes of the highway, stopping traffic and causing major delays. CLICK HERE to see more photos of the pileup.

Rockbridge County Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Foresman said the first accident involved more than 20 vehicles near mile marker 196.  He said two tractor trailers and a camper overturned.

Foresman said there were reports of a second accident behind the first involving at least 15 additional vehicles.

Foresman said emergency responders have treated at least ten people, but there is no information on the extent of their injuries.

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We're told the southbound lanes of the Interstate are closed at mile marker 196 because of a 21-vehicle accident.

Rockbridge County Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Foresman says at least three vehicles have overturned, including two tractor trailers and a camper.

He says there are also reports of a second accident involving as many as 15 additional vehicles.

We don't know the extent of any injuries at this point, but Foresman says emergency responders have treated at least ten people.