HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia State Police trooper involved in a crash at the Interstate 295/Interstate 95 split in Henrico Tuesday afternoon apparently suffered from a medical condition that may have contributed to the crash.
According to witnesses, the trooper, R.L. Francis, 48, of Mechanicsville, was stopped in an Emergency Vehicle cross-over along Interstate 295 near the 43 mile marker. The trooper activated his lights and sirens and pulled from the cross-over into the northbound lanes of I-295. As he was headed north, the patrol car suddenly began traveling erratically, ran off the left side of I-295, and then ran off the right side of I-295 into the trees.
A Henrico County Police Officer who witnessed the incident immediately stopped and rushed to Francis's vehicle, where she found the trooper unresponsive. Francis was trapped inside his Ford Taurus patrol car and had to be cut out of the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to MCV Hospitals for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.