Abenezer D. Thewdros, 19, Abel N. Ayele, 19, and Alemu S. Ameha, 25, killed, and Arketsadik Yilma, 19, injured in crash with tractor trailer on Interstate 81 on June 3.

Modified Date: 
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:35am
Accident Date: 
Monday, June 2, 2014

Three NoVa Men Killed in Crash on I-81

The crash happened in far Southwest Virginia, on Interstate 81 in Washington County. The tractor-trailer had a flat tire and pulled onto the right shoulder. As the truck driver and passenger were walking back to the cab of the truck, a Toyota ran off the left side of the highway.

Car hits parked tractor-trailer in Southwest Va.; 3 killed

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

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 interstate's left side and its driver overcorrected. The car then slid sideways and hit the tractor-trailer's rear.

The car's driver, 19-year-old Abenezer D. Thewdros of Arlington, and two passengers were killed. Geller identified the passengers as 19-year-old Abel N. Ayele of Arlington and 25-year-old Alemu S. Ameha of Alexandria.

Another passenger, 19-year-old Arketsadik Yilma of Alexandria, was hospitalized with suffered serious injuries.

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

The accident occurred Tuesday evening.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Abenezer D. Thewdros
Abel N. Ayele
Alemu S. Ameha
Arketsadik Yilma
Roadway: 
Interstate 81

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