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A man dies, other one suffers minor injuries following a tractor-trailer accident on I-81

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Roanoke, Virginia – One man was killed after his SUV went off the road and collided with a tractor-trailer.

The collision occurred at mile marker 34 on Interstate 81 in Smyth County on Wednesday afternoon about 2:00 p.m.

The crash happened when the driver of the southbound Nissan Pathfinder lost control over his vehicle, went on the left side of the road, continued through the median and crashed into a tractor-trailer which was headed south.

The collision pushed the Nissan back into the median. The tractor-trailer then veered off the road, over a guardrail, into a sign, and down a steep embankment before hitting a tree.

Luis Aguilar Rivas, 40, of Cedar Creek, Texas, was identified as the Nissan driver. He was transported to Smyth County Community Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of tractor-trailer was also brought to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Investigation is ongoing.

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