Car catches fire after crash in Chesterfield, driver killed

Published: May. 22, 2015 at 5:59 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2015 at 10:22 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police say one person was killed in a single-vehicle crash that happened in the 8700 block of Courthouse Road on Friday afternoon.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m., when a vehicle traveling south on Courthouse near Camp Thunderbird, crossed the road, struck a tree and caught fire.

According to Lt. Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire-EMS, a passerby was on the Courthouse Road and saw the vehicle and called authorities..

We're told a police officer and a firefighter tried to get the victim out of the car, but the flames were just too intense.

"It's hard to say exactly what caused the individual to run off the roadway. The body did suffer a significant amount of burns, so we don't know if it was a medical emergency that caused the death or it it was the result of smoke and flames," says Lt. Elmore.

Elmore went onto say -this crash doesn't appear to be suspicious, but instead just a tragic accident.

The body has not been identified at this point, but it has been sent to the medical examiner's office.

Courthouse Road was shut down in both directions for several hours between Iron Bridge Road (Route 10) and Double Creek Court. The road was reopened to traffic at 5 p.m.

The road on that part of Courthouse - has a small curve but Elmore says nothing significant.

He says given the safety features in cars today- it's not usual to have a car burst into flames- and investigators with look into that as part of this investigation.

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