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Castlewood, Lebanon men among three killed in wreck, fire on I-81 in Smyth County

October 2nd, 2013 11:02 pm by Tiffany Holland, Roanoke Times

Castlewood, Lebanon men among three killed in wreck, fire on I-81 in Smyth County

Three men were killed Wednesday afternoon after a fiery crash on Interstate 81 in Smyth County. Virginia State Police responded to a multivehicle wreck a few minutes before 3:30 p.m. near mile marker 54 on I-81 south, spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a release.

 She said a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck was on the right shoulder of I-81 south conducting a roadway inspection while a GMC highway crash cushion truck was in the right lane traveling with it.

 A tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline was traveling in the left lane on I-81 south. Witnesses at the scene said it swerved and overcorrected, the news release said.

The driver of the tanker truck, Frank A. Skeens Jr., 48, of Castlewood, and the pickup truck driver, Trevor Blankenship, 30, of Lebanon, both died at the scene. The driver of the crash cushion truck died on the way to the hospital, the release said, but police are still in the process of notifying his next of kin before his name is released. 

Read the full report on the Roanoke Times website.


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