4 Ejected from Van, 2 Critically Injured after I-95 Crash
We now have more information on those involved in a police pursuit this morning that put seven people in the hospital.
All seven were injured after the minivan they were in ran off Interstate 95 at Dale City. The vehicle was being pursued by police in Fairfax County.
A spokesman at Fort Belvoir stated on Twitter police from the Army base initially assisted local law enforcement at the onset of the pursuit but the incident did not originate on the military base.
Here’s more in a press release:
At 2 a.m. Tuesday (March 11), Virginia State Police Trooper M.R. Bullock responded to a single-vehicle crash on the Exit 156B ramp leading to Dale Boulevard from Interstate 95.
A 2009 Toyota Sienna was traveling south on I-95 when it attempted to take the exit ramp in excess of 100 mph. Its driver lost control and ran off the left side of ramp, struck a guardrail and overturned onto the left shoulder. The minivan came to rest on its roof.
Four of the minivan’s seven occupants were ejected from the vehicle. Prior to the vehicle crashing it had been involved in a pursuit initiated by Ft. Belvoir Police.
All seven occupants were flown to nearby hospitals – five to Inova Fairfax and two to Washington Memorial Hospital. A 15-year-old female passenger is among those at Inova Fairfax and is being treated for life-threatening injuries. The other six individuals are being treated for serious injuries, but non-life threatening injuries.
The Virginia State Police Fairfax Crash Reconstruction Team is on scene assisting the trooper with the ongoing investigation into the crash. State police are still in the process of determining and confirming the names and information of all seven occupants. The driver was a female believed to be in her early twenties. The passengers included a 23-year-old male, a 21-year-old male, a 17-year-old male, and three 15-year-old females.
DALE CITY, Va. — An exit ramp on Interstate 95 at Dale Boulevard is open once again after a police pursuit ended with four teenagers being ejected from a fleeing minivan.
The minivan was traveling south on I-95 at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control after trying to exit the highway at mile post 156. The vehicle, being pursued by police, struck a guardrail and overturned on the left shoulder. A total of seven people were inside the van before it ran off the highway.
The police pursuit was initiated at Fort Belvoir. A base spokesman took to Twitter early this morning that he was not aware of the incident and asked a reporter to provide him with more details.
The modified Tweet is below:
@OhMyGOFF Angie, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with info on what you’re asking about. Unaware of “accident involving 7 teens.”
— Fort Belvoir, Va. (@Fort_Belvoir) March 11, 2014
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said all seven occupants of the minivan were flown to area hospitals. At least two of them have injuries that appear to be life threatening.
The crash remains under investigation by Fairfax County and Virginia State police.