Two people are dead after a fiery crash on Interstate 581 in Roanoke late Wednesday afternoon that involved two tractor-trailers and three cars.
All lanes of northbound and southbound 581 have been shut down and are still closed as of 10:30 Wednesday night.
Virginia State Police believe the driver of a maroon car is to blame for the crash. Troopers say the maroon car was driving north on I-581, near the Valley View Mall exit, when it veered into the path of a tractor-trailer. The car hit the tractor-trailer, then crashed into the median.
The impact caused the tractor-trailer to cross the median into the southbound lanes of I-581, and hit a second tractor-trailer. The impact from this crash also caught two other vehicles.
State Police say the crash killed the drivers of the tractor-trailers and sent at least two other people to the hospital.
Charges are pending against the driver of the maroon car, who is listed in serious condition.