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2 rush-hour crashes on Interstate 581 delay traffic

Two crashes snarled traffic on Interstate 581 on Wednesday afternoon near the Interstate 81 interchange.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Rob Carpentieri said the first of the two wrecks occurred on the southbound side, heading from I-81 toward Roanoke. About 4:30 p.m., a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser attempted to move from the center lane into the left lane. The car, driven by Amanda Nicole Stallings, 28, of Salem, ran underneath the trailer of a tractor-trailer.

The truck was driven by Larry Bland Jr. of Roanoke for LBT trucking company. Neither of the drivers was injured in the crash, Carpentieri said. Stallings was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license and making an unsafe lane change, according to Carpentieri.

Shortly after that crash, traffic was slowing on the northbound side of I-581. The second crash occurred in the left lane of the northbound highway. Carpentieri said a preliminary investigation determined that a 2009 Dodge Caliber ran into the back of a 2012 Ford Taurus.

The Dodge, driven by Amber Nicole Turner, 23, of Pulaski, flipped onto its roof. Turner was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Carpentieri said she was charged with following too closely.

The driver of the Ford, Amanda Marie Perdue of Pearisburg, was not hurt in the wreck, Carpentieri said.

Traffic was backed up on I-581 and the nearby section of I-81 for more than an hour.

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