PRIUS VS. DEER: Crash closed lanes on I-295

Posted at 6:37 AM, Oct 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-24 12:32:10-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Traffic backed up for two miles on Interstate 295 north in Hanover during the Thursday morning rush hour after a car hit a deer.

"At approximately 6:14 a.m., state police responded to a four-vehicle crash," Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar wrote in an email. "The crash occurred after the driver of a Prius struck and killed a deer as the Prius was traveling northbound. After striking the deer, three other vehicles collided with each other and the Prius."

Three drivers were hurt. One driver was treated at the scene and two were taken to VCU Medical Center, Molnar wrote.

At one point, the crash had closed all lanes of I-295 north. The left lanes reopened first. The right lanes fully reopened about 8 a.m.

The accident happened at mile marker 40, near the Chamberlayne Rd. exit.