Emergency repairs ordered for bridge guardrail after crash

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Emergency repairs have been ordered for a guardrail taken out during a crash that nearly killed a man. The crash happened late Monday afternoon off Mount Hermon Road where the man's work truck flipped into a creek bed.

Some call this stretch dangerous, especially now with a dangling guardrail. We found out repairs are just days away.

One day after the crash, some people who live along Mount Hermon Road use the word dangerous to describe this particular stretch near the bridge.

Melissa Carr said it was that bad even before the accident that took out the guardrail.

"I cycle on this road all the time and it's a little nerve-racking," said Carr.

We caught up with Carr as she braved the narrow country road on foot. She said a mid-day walk isn't so bad. But said she wouldn't chance strolling or cycling during the early morning or evening hours.

"I wouldn't say there's a lot of road traffic, but I think people push the limit," said Carr.

The bridge sits in the middle of farm land. It's not heavily traveled, in fact, VDOT tells me about 315 cars take this route each day.

Some people say guardrail or not, they take it too fast. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

"It's hard sometimes for two cars to pass; a school bus makes it even more difficult," said Carr.

Orange barrels will stay in place of the guardrail until emergency repairs can be made. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The roof caved in when the truck flipped, trapping the driver.  He was airlifted to VCU Medical Center.

We checked with Chesterfield police about how this stretch fared in the past. Come to find out, there were no accidents at all last year on Mount Hermon at County Line roads.

When accidents do happen, police said they usually involve one car and the cause is either driver distraction or the weather.

"It makes you wonder, even if you're walking, if people see you; if they're using a cell phone or Ipad or some other technology, a built in something, it makes you a little nervous," said Carr.

VDOT tells us the guardrail should be fixed by the end of the week. At last check, the driver was still in the hospital with serious injuries. Police said charges are pending in this case.

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