HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Two people were killed and a driver has been charged after a three-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 295 in Henrico Monday afternoon.
Virginia State Police said the crash occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. on I-295 at Exit 31.
“A 2000 Jeep Cherokee was traveling north on I-295. As it slowed to merge into traffic to take the exit ramp, it was struck in the rear by a northbound tractor-trailer,” said a state police spokesperson. “The impact of the crash caused the driver to lose control and cross into the left northbound lanes of I-295 where it collided with a northbound 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The impact of this second crash caused both Jeeps to run off the left side of I-295 into the median and overturn.
The adult male driver and adult female passenger in the 2013 Jeep both died at the scene. The driver ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The female passenger was wearing a seatbelt.
Their names have not been released pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the 2000 Jeep, a 17-year-old South Chesterfield, Va., male, was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as Larry L. Mognet, 61, of North Dakota, was charged with reckless driving. He was not injured in the crash.
State police are continuing to investigate the crash.
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