Children hospitalized after van crashes on Route 460

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jun 28, 2013

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (WTVR) -- Officials said two people have been taken to the hospital after a van crashed into the woods Friday morning in Prince George County.

Dispatchers said the crash happened at Route 460 and Shaver Court and Alvin Road.

CBS 6 News was told three adults and three children were in the van when it crashed into a tree. All were wearing seat belts.

Two of the children, 15 and 10, were air-lifted to VCU's Medical Center.  Prince George County Police Lt. Paul Burroughs told Reporter Jerrita Patterson, the crash happened at 7:20 a.m. and by 8:20 a.m. the scene was cleared.

Route 460 is a major corridor many drivers take as a way to avoid using I-64 to and from Hampton Roads.  Already there have been some changes to the heavily traveled roadway, to include reducing the speed limit from 55 to 50-miles-per-hour from New Bohemia to Disputanta.

Still Prince George County resident Gloria Reese hopes more will be done to prevent more crashes on what she considers a dangerous, and often times deadly stretch of road.

"I sit in my den and I see trucks, like they are racing," Reese said.  "I'm almost afraid to get in the car and get on (Route) 460.  I do my goings early morning and you don't see me out at night.  It's just awful.  Something needs to be done.  What they are going to do I don't know, but they know about it."

A study conducted last year found drivers drifting into the undivided lanes were to blame for many of the fatal crashes.  Ms. Reese hopes that issue is also addressed soon, before it's too late.