RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Five people, including an infant, were rushed to the hospital after their car flipped during rush-hour on the Powhite Parkway. Richmond first responders initially thought two of the victims might not make it. However, Richmond police say all of the injuries have been downgraded to non-life threatening. Everyone is expected to pull through.
The overturned white sedan was crushed in the middle of the highway, lying upside down. Two people were thrown from the car. Investigators say the baby's life was likely saved because it was in a child seat. First responders had to pull the infant, and another person, from the wreckage. Amazingly, no other cars were involved in the crash. However, traffic was brought to a stand-still.
Police say the car was traveling in one of the left, center lanes of the northbound side of Powhite Parkway, just before the I-95 and I-64 interchange. Police believe the car struck the jersey wall in between the north and southbound lanes, then flipped an unknown number of times, ultimately landing about 70 yards up the road.
A crash team continued to investigate the accident, which could have had a much grimmer outcome. Speed is believed to be a factor. Charges are pending as the investigation is completed.