1 dead, 7 others injured in Caroline County head-on crash

Seven people were injured, but are expected to be OK. (Source: Eddie Pearce)
Seven people were injured, but are expected to be OK. (Source: Eddie Pearce)

CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - One person is dead and seven others injured after a head-on crash in Caroline County.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Route 301, just south of Baylor Road.

According to state police, Gregory Layne, 56, of Mechanicsville, was driving south when he crossed the center lane into northbound traffic.

Layne hit another vehicle with seven people inside.

Layne died at the scene - with his 1-year-old grandson, Kyzer Layne, in the backseat.

According to family, Gregory and Kyzer Layne were practically glued together at the hip. They say the two were together Sunday morning on their way home from breakfast with Gregory's mother.

A family member says a neighbor saw the crash and used the butt of a knife to bust out the window and get Kyzer out of the car. He was rushed to the hospital with a broken leg.

The family member says Gregory Layne would do anything to protect his grandson. Before the two got on the road, he moved Kyzer's car seat to the passenger side - possibly saving his life.

All seven people in the other car were taken to a hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious. All are expected to be okay.

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