Fiery I-85 crash results in fatality

A fiery crash on Interstate 85 in South Hill Friday night resulted in a fatality.

According to Virginia State Police, a tractor-trailer and Toyota car collided on the interstate’s southbound lanes around 10 p.m. and ran into the woods, where the tractor-trailer caught fire.

The driver of the tractor-trailer died at the scene, while the female driver of the car involved in the crash was airlifted to the VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

While a loved one who contacted the Enterprise identified the deceased as a 41-year-old Burlington, N.C., man, the medical examiner’s office has yet to confirm the identity of the tractor-trailer driver and is awaiting DNA test results.

The body was badly burnt, and there was confusion with the company that owned the tractor-trailer as to who was actually driving the truck that night.

South Hill Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were among the first to arrive at the scene around the 12-mile marker. There was heavy fire upon their arrival.

The Interstate 85 southbound lanes were shut down for about an hour and a half, and the medical transport helicopter landed on the interstate.

South Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded with seven apparatus and 30 firefighters and was assisted by the La Crosse and Lake Gaston fire departments.

Southside Rescue Squad, South Hill Police Department and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office also responded.