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BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) - The names of those killed in the accident on Interstate 81 have been released.

Tennessee High Patrol told News Channel 11 the driver of the tractor trailer was Carl Russell Osburn, 54, of Princeton, WV. According to THP's report Osburn did not have alcohol or drugs in his system. Osburn was wearing his seat belt.

The driver of the Toyota, Dennis Darrell Dawson, 81, of Beckley, WV, was also killed in the accident.  Dawson did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, according to THP, and was wearing his seat belt.

In the car with Dennis, was Connie Sue Dawson, 75, of Beckley, WV. She is still in critical condition and was wearing a seat belt.

PREVIOUS STORY (2/23/14 5:14 pm):

All lanes of I-81 are open again after being closed for about 8 hours Saturday night. Parts of I-81 in Bristol, Tennessee were closed after a deadly crash near exit 74. Two people died as a result and one person remains in the hospital.    

Tennessee Highway Patrol told News Channel 11  the two-vehicle collision involved a tractor trailer and a car. The tractor trailer was in the right lane headed north on I-81. It then rear-ended a Toyota Camry causing the car to go into a tail spin. The tractor trailer and car crossed 3 lanes then hit the median pinning the car in between the truck and the barrier. The driver of the truck was ejected and then hit by a third vehicle on the other side of the median.

The state highway patrol arrested the driver of the third vehicle car after discovering she was driving on a suspended license. The driver of the Toyota Camry pinned to the median was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center but later died from his injuries. The passenger of that car remains in the hospital in critical condition.

"It took approximately an hour, a little over an to get both of the people in the Toyota extracted just from the damage. It was really a blessing that the passenger survived…it was probably one of the most horrendous I've seen because the actual debris spread out over 6 lanes,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Paul Mooneyham.

Tennessee Highway Patrol said no one will be charged in the crash.

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PREVIOUS STORY (2/23/14):

All lanes of traffic on I-81 are reopened to traffic


The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking drivers to take detours instead of using Interstate 81 in Bristol while emergency crews clear the scene of a deadly crash near exit 74.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has closed that section of I-81 while they work to clear the scene. THP says they hope to open that section of the Interstate to drivers around midnight.

THP confirms one person died as a result of the crash, and two others were sent to Bristol Regional Medical Center. The conditions of the injured are unknown at this time.

Eyewitnesses tell News Channel 11 a tractor-trailer veered out of its lane, pinning a passenger car to a median.

THP tell us one person was ejected in the collision and struck by a third vehicle.

We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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