Henrico officer and driver taken to hospital after 2-vehicle crash

Henrico officer and driver taken to hospital after 2-vehicle crash
Source: NBC12
Source: NBC12

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico Police officer and a driver were sent to the hospital after a two-car crash in Henrico's west end.

Police are still piecing together what happened on Skipwith Road near Skipwith Elementary School around 5 a.m. on Friday.

For several hours, police closed down parts of Skipwith and Hungary Spring roads for the officer involved crash.

"All of a sudden I heard this loud bang!" said Brandy Walker, who lives near the intersection. "I came out and the cop car was actually sitting
in the middle of the road and the other car was pointed towards the neighborhood "

Neighbors rushed out of bed.

"I don't really see a lot of stuff going on you know, it looked pretty bad," says Robin Kindy, who also lives near the intersection.

Most of the damage is to the driver's side of a Henrico police cruiser. The other car involved has damage to the front. Walker says she saw the officer get out of his cruiser and within minutes multiple officers and a rescue squad pulled up.

"He was walking around and he was okay," says Walker. "He was a little shook up, but he was okay."

"That's pretty sad because they do a lot of good work around here protecting us," says Kindy.

Police say the officer was responding to another incident when the crash happened. Both the driver and officer had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance for minor injuries.

Neighbors say this part of Skipwith can be a problem, which is concerning because it's a school zone.

"People fly down Skipwith Road," says Kindy.  "Sometimes when I try to make a left, people will just run lights.  You have to be very, very careful."

But with a traffic light and lots of signs, neighbors say they're not sure what more can be done except to say people need to slow down and pay attention.

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