Vehicle collides with boulder; woman in hospital with back injuries

Vehicle collides with boulder; woman in hospital with back injuries

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A car collided with a boulder on Friday morning in Chesterfield leaving one woman in the hospital with serious back injuries, according to the woman’s daughter.

The incident happened near the Woodlake community early Friday on Hull Street Road.

There’s currently no information about where the boulder came from, but officials say it likely fell of a vehicle.

“It had to fall off a truck and they probably didn’t have the cover on the top for safety, once they start balancing, it’s then on the edge of the dump truck,” said Bernard Crawley, owner of Bernard’s Towing who often drives on Route 360.

The daughter of the woman injured in the crash says her mom saw what she thought was a crumpled up bag fly off a truck.

“She thought ‘who discarded this bag?’, said Ashley Harris whose mother was injured. “Then she doesn’t remember much after that.”

Harris says it was the worst feeling getting a call that her mom was in the hospital. Her mother was driving to work around 4:30 a.m. when the crash happened.

“We don’t know what her care is going to look like,” said Harris. “She has an intense back injury. Only time will tell.”

Even though she knows her mother is in pain, Harris is grateful that she survived the crash. Her mothers car is now totaled. She says a good Samaritan stopped to help her mother, but whoever was driving the truck carrying the boulder kept going.

“Why didn’t you stop? Why didn’t you care?," asked Harris. “I mean, what happened to your load, that you just kept going down the road, leaving my mother in the dark in the middle of nowhere with glass and gas everywhere?”

Harris says someone has to know where the boulder came from.

“A boulder that size doesn’t just appear out of thin air,” she explained. “Secure your load, be mindful of the people around you and if you see something like that happen, stop."

The crash closed down a portion of Hull Street Road early Friday.
The crash closed down a portion of Hull Street Road early Friday. (Source: Chesterfield County Police Department)
The boulder that caused the crash.
The boulder that caused the crash. (Source: Chesterfield County Police Department)

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