At 14:44, Abingdon Fire was alerted to a 2-vehicle accident at the 15.8 mile marker of Northbound Interstate 81. A pickup truck hit the rear of a tractor trailer and ended up in the median. The driver in the pickup had to be extricated. Damage was very extensive to the pickup. The driver was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center by Virginia State Police Med-Flight. Chief 201, Rescue Engine 205, Rescue Engine 206 and Utility 210 responded along with units from the Washington County Life Saving Crew, Virginia State Police and Abingdon Police, there was major traffic congestion on both sides of the Interstate and in the Town of Abingdon due to this accident with travelers trying to get around the backup.