11 injured in early morning crash in Chester

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Eleven people were injured after an early morning accident in Chester.  It happened at the intersection of Route 10 and Route 1 after a truck t-boned a van carrying 12 carnival workers.

Drivers we spoke with weren't surprised by the serious accident.  They say this busy area is tricky to get through safely.

Thirteen people, two cars, and a trailer -- all part of this morning's serious mess in Chester.  Shortly after 5 a.m., police say the truck T-boned a van, which was carrying 12 people on their way to set up for the weekend's carnival in Hopewell.

The van flipped, and the trailer being hauled behind broke off.  Emergency workers say six people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries but possibly some broken bones and serious bumps and bruises.  Five other people were treated on scene for minor injuries.

It took several hours to clean up the mess, bringing traffic at that busy intersection to a halt.

Robert Crenshaw lives about a quarter mile away.  He actually had a cousin who was killed in an accident at this intersection a number of years ago, and he wasn't surprised to see the mess this morning.

"People coming from Chester heading towards Hopewell, they try to run the red light, and where this accident happened this morning, this is where they have most of them that happen," Crenshaw said.

He has even developed his own game plan to stay safe.

"I usually pause and count to a 1,010; that gives the guy who is trying to run the red light the option to go ahead before I proceed, so I think that's a pretty good strategy."

The driver of the pick-up truck was charged with reckless driving.

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