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Driver dies in crash after losing control on slick Va. highway

PULASKI, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police say a fatal crash on Interstate 81 occurred when a military surplus vehicle's driver lost control due to slick road conditions as a winter storm went through the region.

The accident happened Saturday night in a southbound lane of I-81 in Pulaski County. The vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers.

One tractor-trailer and the surplus truck stopped in the median, while the other tractor-trailer crossed northbound lanes and struck a fence.

State police said the surplus vehicle's driver died at the scene. He was identified as 73-year-old Ronald W. Harris of Gainesville, Georgia. The tractor-trailer drivers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

A police spokeswoman said a Virginia medical examiner would determine if Harris' death was storm-related.

At least five other people have been were killed in crashes on slick roadways in Kansas and Missouri since Friday due to storm conditions
 


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