7-vehicle crash prompts warning from state police

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email

Posted by Colby Rogers

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - State Police are investigating a seven car pile-up that happened Tuesday morning on Route 288.

Chesterfield and Powhatan Fire and EMS responded to the accident. Four people, including one child, were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

State Police Sgt. Tom Cunningham says the rear vehicle in the collision was responsible for the chain reaction.

While the wet road conditions played a part in the collisions, police say the biggest problem was drivers following too closely.

"The majority of crashes in Virginia involve drivers that are following too closely. It's a real problem out there," Cunningham said. "We ask motorist increase their following distance on the roadways when they're wet - especially when they're frozen."

State Police are warning drivers that the roads may be frozen for tomorrow's commute with low temperatures expected tonight.

They're urging drivers to leave extra time for the commute, to slow down and to make sure there's plenty of following distance between vehicles.

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