The victims were identified as William M. Sosebee, 33, of Allen, Ky.; Kathern Worley, 71, of Iron Station, N.C.; and Andrew Katbi, 24, of Delphos, Ohio.
State police said Sosebee and Worley were passengers in different vehicles that struck the same tractor-trailer, while Katbi was the driver of another vehicle that reared-ended a tractor-trailer. All died at the scene.
State police investigators said 95 vehicles were involved in 17 separate crashes within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain near the North Carolina state line Sunday. Twenty-five were injured.
The crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area.
“This mountain is notorious for fog banks. They have advance signs warning people. But the problem is, people are seeing well and suddenly they’re in a fog bank,” said Glen Sage of the American Red Cross office in the town of Galax.
Since 1997, there have been at least six such pileups on the mountain but Sunday’s crash was the most deadly, according to The Roanoke Times. Two people died in crashes involving dozens of vehicles in both 2000 and 2010.
State police said traffic along the interstate in southwest Virginia backed up for about 8 miles in the