Four Vehicle Accident Sends Two Drivers to Hospital

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

January 27, 2006

An accident this morning caused quite a scene for commuters traveling near the intersections of Richmond Road and Louisa Road in Albemarle County.

Two drivers were taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with injuries ranging from moderate to serious.

The accident happened in the blink of an eye, involving four vehicles and held up traffic for several miles in both directions.

"[By the time] he saw me it was too late he'd cross the lane glanced at me and glanced down the side of my truck and caught two others behind me," said Andy Able, the driver of the dump truck.

Able explained what happened this morning after a tow truck swipes his truck, then swiping car, just before slamming into a Honda Accord.

By the looks of this accident, it seemed as if it was a race for time. One driver is trapped inside his car, calmly waiting for rescue.

"I had to pull down the field and came up here to help. It just happened so quick. Plus I was five or six cars back," said Scott Proctor, a witness. "I've been in...a couple accidents before, and they just happen before you know it."

It took crews some time before they were able to rescue the man from his demolished car, later taking him and the driver of the tow truck to the hospital.

"Two people have been transported to UVA Hospital. [The driver of the Honda] with serious injuries, [the driver of the tow truck] with moderate injuries. Two other drivers had no injuries at all," said Corporal Sean Hackney, Albemarle County Police.

Albemarle County police say as they continue to investigate, they will not rule out sun glare playing into this accident.

"It's a very difficult intersection to navigate. Especially with rush hour traffic [and] we've got the sun--as you can see, it's very bright," said Corporal Hackney.

Albemarle County Police say the investigation should be completed by Friday evening.

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