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95-car pileup on Virginia highway, 3 killed

Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina reopened early Monday following a series of chain-reaction wrecks involving nearly 100 vehicles.

The accident happened Sunday along a mountainous, foggy stretch of the highway, three were killed and 25 injured.

Virginia State Police determined 95 vehicles wrecked in 17 separate crashes near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. The crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area.

Authorities closed the northbound lanes so that fire trucks, ambulances and police could get to the wrecked vehicles.

Since 1997, there have been at least six such pileups on the mountain but Sunday's crash was the most deadly. Two people died in crashes involving dozens of vehicles in both 2000 and 2010.

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