Saturday, June 28, 2008

2 injured in crash on I-81

Two people were hurt Friday afternoon when a tire on the van they were riding in blew as they drove on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County, causing the van to crash.

The crash happened shortly before 1 p.m. on I-81 north near mile marker 120.

Kathryn Redden, 46, of Travelers Rest, S.C., was driving a 1995 Ford Aerostar van when its right rear tire blew out, according to Virginia State Police Trooper E.K. King.

The blown tire caused Redden to lose control of the van, King said. It crashed into the median and overturned.

Redden had to be cut from the vehicle, King said. She was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The only passenger in the van was Gerard Lacasse, 51, of Durham, Maine, King said. Lacasse was taken to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.

Their conditions were unavailable Friday evening. King said neither appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

He said both Lacasse and Redden, who was moving to Maine and had her belongings packed in the van, were wearing their seat belts.

No one will be charged in the crash, King said.

The left northbound lane and both southbound lanes of I-81 were closed briefly while a rescue helicopter landed in the road and the van was removed from the median. The lanes had reopened by 2 p.m.

-- Shawna Morrison

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