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Teens clinging to life after Three Chopt accident

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Right now, two teenagers are clinging to life at VCU Medical Center after a bad accident this morning in Richmond's West End.

It happened in the 6400 block of Three Chopt Road around 1 a.m. this morning. Police tell us the driver, a 19-year-old, along with another teenager under 18 years old, were not wearing their seatbelts. Both victims are facing life threatening injuries.

Two other teenagers under the age of 18 were in the car, too. Both of those teens were wearing a seatbelt and only have minor injuries.

There is a lot of debris at the scene of the accident. There are parts of bricks here that are broken apart and a tree is just mangled. Not too far away is part of the SUV involved. Things are just scattered all over the crash scene.

The front of the SUV is just completely smashed in. The windshield cracked and bent around. The horrific pictures of a bad accident that sent four teenagers to the hospital.

"It was not a pretty scene," says Peter VanDerwolk.  The accident happened just in front of Peter's home. He heard the loud crash around 1 a.m. this morning.

"The garbage cans were flying. There was a lot of screaming and yelling," says Peter. 

Richmond Police tell us the driver of the Chevy Suburban lost control, spun around, and the SUV went flying in the air. The driver and one teen clinging to life, were not wearing a seatbelt. Two other teens, who were wearing their seat belt, only had minor injuries. Speed is likely a factor.

Where the accident happened is along an S-curve on Three Chopt Road. Some people say it's pretty dangerous at times. One neighbor said he wants the police to run more radar here to slow people down.

Peter says it's not that bad. He says you just need to be cautious. "Slow down. Keep an eye out of what's going on."

Peter and his neighbors will now clean up the mess left, but there's one thing that'll stay behind.

Gene saying, "You're going to see that (the tree the car hit) for quite a while. It must be a reminder of what happened here."

Peter says, "It sure is. It's going to take a while for that to disappear."

This, as the memories of this crash are still fresh on his mind.

There was a second accident not too far away from the scene of this accident. The second accident involved a truck running into a tree.

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