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UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal I-81 tractor-trailer accident in Roanoke County

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:08:51 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 23 2013 09:32:10 PM EDT

The tractor-trailer driver was from Roanoke County.


Virginia State Police have identified the driver killed in an accident Monday on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County.

Richard Lee Heist, 52, of Paradise, Pennsylvania, died in the accident at mile marker 141.


The driver of a tractor-trailer died early Monday morning, when his truck ran off the road and overturned in Roanoke County.  State Police say the driver was from another state. They are not releasing his identity until relatives are notified.

The off-ramp at Interstate 81 South to Route 419 in Salem was closed because of the accident.

The accident is at Exit 141. The Virginia Department of Transportation suggests that traffic exiting I-81 South in the Salem area to consider exiting at Exit 140 as an alternative.

It’s not clear when the ramp will re-open.

Check back soon for more updates.