A deadly accident involving two tractor-trailers happened on April 5, 2018.  The crash occurred at around 4:20 p.m. on Interstate 81 in Smyth County near mile marker 43.

According to investigators, a truck headed north on 81 did not brake in time for traffic that had slowed due to a work zone.  It rear-ended another truck then went off the right side of the roadway and caught fire.

The driver of the truck, James T. Barricks, 67, of Lynchburg, VA died at the scene.  There is no word on any other injuries as a result of the crash.  The accident is still under investigation by the Virginia State Police.