HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A trip back from a family vacation ends in a heart-rending situation. A mini-van carrying several children crashed just after noon Sunday on I-295 North near the I-64 interchange.
The child who was killed is between four and seven years old; another child is in serious condition tonight.
There were six children and a 14 year old, along with an adult driver in the car at the time.
The scene of the crash is now scarred with skid marks. Every seat had been filled as the group caravanned with family members in other cars on the way back to New Jersey. It seems the circumstances described by state police could have happened to anyone.
"Witnesses state that she was changing lanes, applied brakes, lost control, then went off the median, flipped over several times ejecting several of the occupants of the van," said Sgt. Wade Millner of the Virginia State Police.
Both kids thrown from the car are not even ten years old. We still don't know if they were wearing seat belts or had proper child safety seats. At least two of the children belong to the female driver; the others are related.
At one point troopers had to restrain the driver. She was so distraught, she wouldn't let medical personnel examine her for injuries
EMS took several victims to the hospital. It was a difficult scene for officers, as well.
"They know they got to do a job. They know that that child or adult or whatever it is, is a daughter, son or something along the lines to someone else so they know they would want to have some sort of closure."
For a little less than an hour all northbound lanes were closed. It took time for traffic to flow freely as drivers strained to see the wreckage and investigators worked to figure out what caused the accident and tragic loss of life.
"We don't have a lot of leads, where we don't have a lot of witnesses who give us really detailed information which gives us a picture of what happened out here. So these guys are out here to help create that picture for us."
At this point, we do not know why the driver originally lost control. Once they figure that out, state police will consult with the Commonwealth's Attorney to see if any charges are necessary.