Virginia trucker killed in I-81 crash at Marion

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A tractor trailer driver is dead following a crash on Interstate 81 at the Marion exit just before 5 a.m. that slowed traffic for hours.

Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Trooper Robert Hicks has identified the driver as Steven Lee Winfrey, 51, of Roanoke, Va.

Hicks said that the Winfrey was driving a tractor trailer north on the interstate when at 4:52 a.m. communicated by radio with a truck driver behind him that he wasn’t feeling well. Hicks said that moments later the tractor trailer veered off the road and traveled a couple hundred yards alongside the interstate in the grassy shoulder before “striking a cement storm drain and bursting into flames.”

Hicks added that the other driver stopped to try to give aid, but because of the intense fire there was nothing he could do.

Winfrey was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near mile marker 10.

The northbound lane of 81 was reduced to one lane into the afternoon hours.