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UPDATED: Names of three killed in Sunday's 95 car pile-up on Interstate 77 released

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CARROLL COUNTY, Va. -
The names of the three people killed in the 95 car pile-up on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday have been released.  That is according to CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV.

William M. Sosebee, 33, of Allen, Ky., was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77. Sosebee died at the scene.

Kathern Worley, 71, of Iron Station, N.C., was a passenger in a different vehicle that collided with the same tractor-trailer. Worley also died at the scene.

Andrew Katbi, 24, of Delphos, Ohio, was driving a passenger vehicle that rear-ended a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-77. Katbi also died at the scene.

State Police say the crashes all happened in a one mile stretch of I-77 and the first crash sparked a chain reaction of 17 total crashes.  The cause of the initial crash is still being investigated and no charges have been placed.  State police troopers say that heavy fog in the Fancy Gap Mountain area was a factor in the series of crashes.  Police added that vehicles were traveling too fast for conditions.




According to 511virginia.org, all lanes of Interstate 77 have been reopened after a major traffic accident on Sunday, March 31.



A major accident involving over 75 vehicles including tractor trailers killed three people, sent more than 20 to the hospital and is causing major backups along the southbound lanes of I-77 near Carroll County.  That is according to CBS-affiliate WDBJ-TV.

Virginia State Police officials say excessive fog in the Fancy Gap Mountain area could be to blame for the series of accidents.

Traffic is backed up from mile marker 14 all the way to the Virginia-North Carolina state line.  The southbound lanes of I-77 are closed at mile marker 6.

Northbound lanes are also closed to allow emergency vehicles to and from the southbound lanes.

Detours are in place to re-direct I-77 traffic in both directors.  Police expect the northbound lanes to re-open within the next two hours.  Drivers should not expect the southbound lanes to re-open for a significant amount of time.