Two Hospitalized After Four-Vehicle I-81 Wreck

Posted: October 3, 2012

Two people were hospitalized Tuesday morning with injuries sustained in a crash involving four vehicles on Interstate 81 about three miles north of New Market.

Sgt. F.L. Tyler, state police spokesman, said Deborah A. Murphy, 54, of Mount Jackson lost control of her 2008 Kia as she was traveling in the southbound lanes around 7:35 a.m. The vehicle veered left into the median and struck an embankment at mile marker 267.

A second driver, Gerald D. Rice of Corbin, Ky., pulled onto the left shoulder to check on Murphy.

“In doing so, the stopped vehicle was still partially in the left lane,” Tyler said.

A third vehicle, a 2004 Ford SUV driven by Brandy Lara, 21, of Mount Jackson, struck Rice’s car, a 2012 Kia Sorento.

“Her vehicle struck the Kia and then went over into the right lane and sideswiped a 2013 Mack tractor-trailer,” Tyler said.

Neither Rice nor the driver of the tractor-trailer, whose name was not available, was injured.

The tractor-trailer sustained minor damage, but damage to the other three vehicles was significant, the state trooper said.

Murphy was transported to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and Lara was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Tyler did not know the extent of their injuries.

The investigating officer, Trooper C.S. Cline, issued Rice a summons for improper stopping in a highway. No other citations were expected, according to police.

Tyler said state police investigated several vehicle collisions in the area Tuesday resulting from rainy weather, most of them minor.

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