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3 killed in 95-vehicle pileup at Virginia-NC line

National - 3/31/2013 8:39 PM by Associated Press
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UPDATE: GALAX, Va. (AP) - Police are now saying 95 vehicles were involved in 17 separate crashes along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate near the Virginia-North Carolina border.
    
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller says three people were killed Sunday and 25 people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from serious to minor.
    
The wrecks occurred on Interstate 77 in southwest Virginia in the Fancy Gap Mountain area. Geller says message boards along the interstate warned drivers of severe fog in the area. She says the crashes happened about 1:15 p.m., mostly because drivers were going too fast for conditions.
    
Traffic backed up for about 8 miles in the southbound lanes, which is where the wrecks occurred. Authorities also closed the northbound lanes so that emergency vehicles could get there.




GALAX, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured following a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border.
    
The Virginia Department of Transportation says traffic is backed up about 8 miles.
    
State police say a series of wrecks began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes in the area of Fancy Gap Mountain in southwest Virginia. There was heavy fog at the time.
    
State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says several vehicles caught fire, but the blazed has been put out.
    
The interstate is closed in both directions. Northbound lanes are closed so emergency vehicles can get to the southbound lanes.
    
Motorists are being advised to seek alternate routes.

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