A vehicle that hydroplaned and left the scene is being blamed for a series of accidents early Friday morning on Interstate 77 in Carroll County that left traffic backed up for several miles.
According to Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, there were four separate incidents at about 5 a.m. Friday morning near mile marker 2.8 on I-77 Southbound. Musser said the first incident occurred when a tractor trailer flatbed loaded with large pieces of aluminum framing used to make solar panels came upon a car that was hydroplaning.
“He jammed his brakes to avoid that, lost control, jackknifed, and spilled his load on the interstate,” Musser said. “The car that caused it kept going and left the scene.”
About two-tenths of a mile behind the original accident, Musser said another tractor trailer ran upon stopped traffic, ran off the left side of the road onto the embankment, causing the tractor trailer to lay over on its right side. The driver of that tractor trailer was transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County (N.C.), Musser said.
Around the same time, Musser said a Hummer rear-ended another vehicle, forcing that vehicle into the back of a tractor trailer. There were no injuries in that incident, Musser said.
“And then we had another tractor trailer run up on stopped traffic in the same vicinity. He ran off the left side of the road to avoid it,” Musser said. “He didn’t strike anything, but it caused damage to his airlines and the tractor trailer had to be removed.”
Musser said fog was not a factor in the series of accidents, instead blaming the chain reaction on rain that caused the initial vehicle to hydroplane.
“We did have a right lane closure where the load of aluminum came off, so traffic is backed up probably to New River. The lane was closed at least three to four hours,” Musser said. “We were just fortunate nobody was seriously hurt.”
Names were not immediately available from the accidents, Musser said, noting that troopers are still working on the police reports.