Tractor-Trailer Driver Shot On Interstate 81
HARRISONBURG — State police are continuing to investigate an apparent case of road rage on Interstate 81 early Saturday morning that left the driver of a tractor-trailer with a gunshot wound to his leg.
Police say a motorist driving a blue Chevy PT Cruiser or similar vehicle shot at the tractor-trailer driver as the vehicles traveled side by side southbound on I-81 near mile marker 245 in Harrisonburg. It's not clear if the shooter is a man or a woman.
The bullet pierced the passenger side door of the tractor trailer, which was in the left lane, and struck the driver in the right leg.
Police say the shooting was the result of a “road rage incident” between the two drivers, though the nature of the dispute, or what specific interaction the motorists had is still not clear.
The tractor-trailer driver, whom police described as a 43-year-old man from Arizona, chased the Chevy for a few miles but lost it in traffic, according to police. He then pulled over at a rest area just south of Weyers Cave and contacted Virginia State Police.
The wounded driver, whom police have not named, was taken to Augusta Health in Fishersville, where he was treated for the wound to his leg. His injury was not considered life threatening, police say.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident or the suspect to call the Virginia State Police at 540-829-7771.
The Daily News-Record will continue to update this story as additional details become available.