A 75-car pileup killed three people and injured at least 20 on Interstate 77 near Fancy Gap, Va., at the North Carolina border. According to a March 31 report on WAJCTV.com, the accident happened around 1:15 p.m. in Carroll County, Va., and excessive fog is being blamed for the accident.
The southbound lane was backed up for eight miles with wrecks, and the authorities closed the northbound lane of Interstate 77 to allow access by emergency vehicles. Both lanes are still closed at 8 p.m.
Some vehicles caught fire, and the area is strewn with the wreckage. Tow trucks are attempting to remove the damaged vehicles from the area.
The Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at the VFW for stranded motorists, and they are equipped to handle 100 people. Buses are transporting people to the facility, and family members can meet motorists there.
A local news source, Carroll County News is reporting that a forth fatality has been reported but not confirmed. This source also is listing the injured that were treated at local hospitals at 25.
Interstate 77 is a commonly-traveled route to Myrtle Beach from Bristol through Wytheville, Va. Fog is a very common occurrence on this scenic highway, especially around Fancy Gap.