A deadly night in Henrico Monday — two people died and three others were rushed to the hospital after a horrific crash during rush-hour.
It happened just before 5:30 p.m. on N. Laburnum Avenue near the entrance to Seven Gables Apartments.
Crews were on the scene for hours trying to piece together what happened.
It was a somber scene as dozens gathered to watch police investigate the accident, but so stunned by what was lost, hardly anyone made a sound.
"It's sad," said Jason Van Camp. "I mean I put it on my facebook. You may think you're having a bad day and then you count your blessings and thank God you're making it."
"This is a significant, serious injury accident. We have two fatalities at the scene," said Lt. A. E. Merz with Henrico Police. "Obviously, this is an involved investigation."
Two people died in the crash, three were taken to VCU Medical Center — including an infant witnesses said was thrown from the silver car.
"You could tell he was conscious. He was moving a little. But people were over there trying to, you know, CPR kind of thing," said Melitza Mack. "So I was a little worried just to see if he was alive or not."
Witnesses said a woman was thrown and killed too, a man dead in the other car. Plus, they said an elderly woman was taken to the hospital.
Henrico police identified the deceased as Clarence R. Wimbush, 85, of the 600 block of Williamsburg Road and Reina S. Opperman, 32, of the 400 block of N. Laburnum Avenue.
"The damage to both vehicles is significant, especially to the silver vehicle which has extensive damage to the driver's side," said Merz.
All lanes of Laburnum in both directions were closed between Nine Mile and Creighton roads after the crash while a crash team investigated. The road reopened at 10 p.m. Monday.
Police are still working to figure out how it all happened. They said crashes as tragic as this one are unusual here. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or who may have information regarding it to call 804-501-5000.
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