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July 17, 2009


STAUNTON – (2:30 p.m.) Backups equaling approximately nine miles on Interstate 81 southbound at mile marker 195 are occurring due to a vehicle accident. This location is at exit 195 at Route 11 in the Lexington/Timber Ridge area. Both southbound lanes are closed at the accident site. Traffic is being detoured off I-81 at exit 195 and re-entering I-81 at exit 195.

Officials at the Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Operations Center estimate the lanes could reopen in 30-minutes.

Motorists should drive with caution and expect delays in this area.

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