Car hits parked tractor-trailer in Va., 3 killed

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) – Virginia State Police say three people are dead after a car slid into a tractor-trailer parked along Interstate 81 in Washington County.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the southbound tractor-trailer’s driver pulled the rig off onto the shoulder after it had a flat tire.

Geller says a southbound car ran off the left side of the interstate and its driver overcorrected. The car then slid sideways and hit the tractor-trailer’s rear.

The car’s driver and two passengers were killed. A third passenger suffered serious injuries and was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center.

The victims’ names haven’t been released.

Geller says the tractor-trailer’s driver and a passenger weren’t injured.

The accident occurred Tuesday evening. The southbound lanes were closed for about three hours.

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