Presque Isle tractor-trailer driver charged in Virginia accident

Posted April 25, 2012, at 5:57 a.m.
Last modified April 25, 2012, at 6:13 a.m.

ROANOKE, Va. — A traffic crash snarled southbound traffic on Interstate 81 about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, closing a lane and clogging cars in a seven-mile backup.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Rob Carpentieri said a Warner Trucking tractor-trailer driven by Dwight Dixon, 26, of Presque Isle, Maine, attempted to change lanes near mile marker 133 in Roanoke County when it hit a 2008 Nissan driven by Carol Summerlyn, 59, of Portsmouth. Carpentieri said Dixon was switching into the left-hand lane at the time of the crash.

“Apparently she got in his blind spot when he went to change lanes,” the trooper said.

Summerlyn, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was wearing her seatbelt at the time, authorities said. A rescue crew took her to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she was listed in good condition Tuesday evening, according to a hospital official.

Dixon, who was not injured, was charged with improper lane change, Carpentieri said. The left lane of the interstate was closed about 30 minutes as crews cleared the roadway.

(c)2012 The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, Va.)

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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