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I-64 West in Alleghany County reopened after tractor-trailer wreck near Exit 43

Published On: Jul 31 2013 03:39:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2013 07:35:13 PM EDT

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the tractor trailer accident on I-64 West in Alleghany County has been cleared.


The west right lane and right shoulder of Interstate 64 West in Alleghany County are closed following a tractor-trailer accident.

According to the Virginia State Police, the wreck took place around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the 40.5 mile post in Alleghany County.

The tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road and overturned on its right side.

The driver, Richard Burket, 49, of Arizona told the investigating trooper that he was having some stomach pains and was trying to pull off the road at the time of the crash.

The driver was taken to Alleghany Regional Hospital in an ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. A female passenger, Christina Wheeler, 41, of Indiana had to be cut out of the cab and was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Burket and Wheeler were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

The tractor trailer was operated by Navajo Express, Inc. out of Oklahoma and was hauling 40,000 pounds of soy milk. The tractor was a total loss.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 were completely closed down for about 45 minutes due to the crash.

No further details are available at this time.


One lane of I-64 West in Alleghany County has re-opened following a tractor-trailer accident.

The accident is near Exit 43.

The right lane and shoulder of I-64 West are closed.


A tractor-trailer accident has closed part of Interstate 64 in Alleghany County.

I-64 West is closed at mile marker 40. That’s about three miles west of Route 780/Exit 43.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says drivers should expect delays in that area.