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Friday, March 29, 2013
A pair of crashes on Interstate 81 backed up north bound traffic for about two hours Friday.
A bout 2:50 p.m., four cars created a multi vehicle wreck that blocked the left lane of traffic at mile marker 141 near Salem.
Virginia State Police Trooper R. Hawse said the drivers of the four cars told him a fifth car had been involved but left the area.
Hawse said Glenn Zaleski of New Jersey was driving behind a car that he said hit the guardrail. Zaleski told police he swerved out of the way to avoid that car. The vehicle left and police never saw it. Hawse said there wasn't much damage to the guardrail.
Then, Nicholas White of Christiansburg hit Zaleski's car. Jonathan Smith of Daleville then hit White. Finally, Michael Campbell of Arrington hit Smith's car.
White, Smith and Campbell were all charged with following too closely.
There were no injuries.
The crash caused traffic to back up for several miles.
State police said they believe resulting congestion caused the second wreck, which happened about 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 137, also outside Salem.
Trooper L. Austin said that wreck was smaller, with only two cars involved. One car hit the back of the other. Austin couldn't provide the names of the drivers, but he said one driver was charged with following too closely. There were no injuries.
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