3 killed, 1 injured in crash on I-81

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Three Northern Virginia residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday evening on I-81.

It happened around 6:22 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the 34 mile marker.

The victims have been identified as 19-year-old Abenezer D. Thewdros of Arlington, 19-year-old Abel N. Ayele of Arlington and 25-year-old Alemu S. Ameha of Alexandria.

Police say a tractor-trailer traveling south on I-81 pulled off onto the right shoulder to look at a flat tire. While the driver and passenger were walking back to the truck, a southbound Toyota Avalon ran off the left side of I-81.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as Abenezer D. Thewdros, over-corrected, causing the car to slide sideways into the back of the tractor-trailer. The other two victims were passengers in the Toyota, according to police.

A third male passenger, 19-year-old Arketsadik Yilma of Alexandria, was flown by Virginia State Police Med-Flight helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

The tractor-trailer driver and passenger were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.


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