Lexington Man Dies Following I-81 Accident

               Michael L. Kreul, 30, of Lexington, was killed in a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Botetourt County Wednesday, July 29.

               Kreul was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following the accident, where he later died.

               According to State Police, the crash occurred around 5:18 a.m. at the southbound 158-mile marker in Botetourt County.

               Kruel was traveling south in a 2002 Dodge Ram on Interstate 81, when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer; illegally parked on the shoulder. According to police, the Dodge Ram came to rest in the left lane of the highway after impact with the tractor-trailer. A 2018 Freightliner, also traveling south, then struck the Dodge while in the roadway.

               The drivers of the tractor-trailers were not injured, according to police. The driver of the tractor-trailer illegally parked on the side of the interstate was charged in the crash.

               The crash remains under investigation.