UPDATE: 3 Killed In 95-Vehicle Pileup At Virginia-NC Line Identified

GALAX, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police have identified the three victims of a chain-reaction crash involving nearly 100 vehicles along a mountainous, foggy stretch of Interstate 77.

The victims were identified Monday as 33-year-old William M. Sosebee of Allen, Ky., 71-year-old Kathern Worley of Iron Station, N.C., and 24-year-old Andrew Katbi of Delphos, Ohio.

State police said Sosebee and Worley were passengers in different vehicles that struck the same tractor-trailer, while Katbi was the driver of another vehicle that reared-ended a tractor-trailer. All died at the scene.

State police investigators said 95 vehicles were involved in 17 separate crashes within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain near the North Carolina state line on Sunday afternoon. Twenty-five were injured.


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Police are now saying 95 vehicles were involved in 17 separate crashes along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate near the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller says three people were killed Sunday and 25 people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from serious to minor.

The wrecks occurred on Interstate 77 in southwest Virginia in the Fancy Gap Mountain area. Geller says message boards along the interstate warned drivers of severe fog in the area. She says the crashes happened about 1:15 p.m., mostly because drivers were going too fast for conditions.

Traffic backed up for about 8 miles in the southbound lanes, which is where the wrecks occurred. Authorities also closed the northbound lanes so that emergency vehicles could get there.


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