Update: Southbound lanes on Route 1 were reopened just after 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A stretch of one of the county's busiest roads is shut down tonight. A garbage truck collided with a pickup just before 4 p.m. Friday on Brook Road near Virginia Center Commons Mall. That crash took out a traffic signal, knocked out power to thousands and sent the two drivers to the hospital. The clean up and repair work continue -- closing all southbound lanes of Brook Road.
Dramatic video just seconds after the crash...one of our viewers was on the scene...Koriy Duvall sent us video of him and others rushing over to help the garbage truck driver who had just slammed into a Chevy pickup, then a traffic pole and a Dominion power box all immediately one after another.
Police said the garbage truck driver hit the pickup truck as the Chevy tried to make a left hand turn into the shopping center on Brook Road.
"Right now it is a traffic nightmare," said Henrico Police Lt. C.J. Maurice.
From the Hanover County line coming into Henrico, all south bound lanes near Virginia Center Commons were shutdown.
Both drivers were rushed to VCU Medical Center and are going to be okay. The garbage company CFS based out of Petersburg said the truck was on its way to a landfill and was carrying about 16,000 pounds of trash. The driver's boss was at the scene.
"He was shaken up as anyone would be going through a wreck like this," said Jeff Krause with CFS.
"Due to the mechanism of this accident with it being so dramatic and dynamic we transported them to the trauma center to make sure they got the best possible care," Henrico Fire Chief Lloyd Runnett said.
All afternoon...major concerns surrounded the garbage truck and the hazardous material it was leaking.
"There was fuel in the tank, hydraulics in the tank so when we upright the truck obviously we don't want any of that going into the grass and down to the sewer system," Krause said.
We watched as crews carefully discarded all the fluids before the truck was moved. Crews are working into the night to put in a temporary traffic light here. It'll be between 3 and 4 a.m. Saturday before the south bound lanes on Brook Road reopen.