One Charged for Tractor Trailer Crash on I-81

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HARRISONBURG, VA (WHSV) -- One driver has been charged after a crash on Interstate 81 in Harrisonburg Thursday morning that sent at least two people to the hospital.

A tractor trailer rolled over at mile marker 245 on I-81 South, according to a member of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says the crash happened shortly after 4 a.m.

Virginia State Police say 47-year-old Osaro Osazuwa, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, the driver of the tractor trailer, was driving north in the left lane when he lost control, ran off the road and hit a guardrail and the bridge.

Police charged him with reckless driving and he was taken to Sentara RMH.

Thirty-three-year-old Cheiah Niass, of Yonkers, New York, the passenger, was in the in the cab in the sleeper at the time of the accident and was to be airlifted to UVa Health System.

Carl Strite, who was in the area just after the crash occurred, said, "It looked like it was kind of right under the bridge, but it looked like it might have been just just past the bridge on the side, and I was like wow that, that's a tractor-trailer wreck, but I I really couldn't see everything. It was still pretty dark and I saw there were some emergency vehicles coming."

VDOT reports traffic delays up to six miles occurred until Thursday afternoon in the northbound lanes.

Tom Dempsey contributed to this story.



 
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