UPDATE: Midlothian accident sends 2 to hospital, cuts off power

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Crews are still on the scene of a single car crash along Midlothian Turnpike that sent two people to the hospital. But, the road is now back open.

It happened just after 2 a.m. Monday morning near George Wythe high school. It impacted the morning commute for many to work and school. Police worked with school buses and parents to get the kids to school early this morning.

According to police, a car, driven by Michael Anthony Dillard, 28, of Richmond, was traveling east bound on Midlothian Turnpike when it when it hit a pole at Wythemar and Midlothian Turnpike. It then hit another pole on the other side of the road, at the intersection of Darden and Midlothian. The car ended up on it's roof.

Dillard and a passenger, Michael Shantel Baker, 33, Richmond, were transported to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries.

Parts of Midlothian Turnpike were closed in both directions between Belt Boulevard and Roanoke Street.

Crews worked to fix downed power lines and two power poles after a Cadillac smashed into them. Dominion Virginia Power and Comcast were out on the scene.

Barbara Meadows lives across the street from the accident. "It wasn't a bang, it was a big slapping noise. I jumped up and I knew something hit something. I looked out the door and I saw this car across the street," she says. "It looked like a drink can had been smashed together."

Her son called 911. She was thinking of going over to the car, but did notice the power lines were down. So, she didn't go.

"It's a longer investigation because we have such a wide pattern we have to work with, compared to just one little area," says Lt. Robert Marland with Richmond PD.

Meadows adds, although this is a serious accident, this is not the first time something like this has happened in the area.

"It's sort of like a roller coaster if you come here where you hit and go," says Meadows.

So, we asked her if she sees cars speeding through the area often. This was her response: "Uh huh. And, you'll hit that area and they all wreck in that area," as she referred to where the accident happened.

At this point, Richmond Police have not said what caused the crash in the first place.

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