UPDATE: One Lane Now Open On U.S. 340

Stretch Between Elkton, Grottoes Site Of Tractor-Trailer Crash

Posted: April 11, 2013

Editor's Note: The following is an update on this afternoon crash and subsequent lane closures on U.S. 340. The original story appears below this update.

With debris from a tractor-trailer wreck largely cleaned up, one lane of South Eastside Highway, also known as U.S. 340, is now open a the site of the crash,  according to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Communications Center.

Both lanes of the road had been closed following the wreck earlier this afternoon between Elkton and Grottoes.

The Virginia Department of Transportation crews are still cleaning up the scene, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler.

Motorists can expect potential delays until 9 p.m., according to the VDOT website.


The original story posted at 2:30 follows:

A crash involving a tractor-trailer loaded with glass bottles has closed South Eastside Highway (U.S. 340) in both directions along a stretch of the road between Elkton and Grottoes.

The crash occurred along the 10000 block of the highway, just north of the sand and gravel pit. The local Emergency Communications Center is advising motorists to seek alternate routes between Elkton and Grottoes, noting that the cleanup could take an extended period of time.

It’s not clear at this time how the crash occurred or if anyone was injured.

The Daily News-Record will update this story as details become available and will have a complete report in Friday’s print and online editions.

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