CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Two drivers were charged in two separate three-vehicle wrecks along southbound Chippenham Parkway near the Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County Sunday afternoon.
Virginia State Police officials said troopers were called to the crash just before 3:40 p.m.
“The preliminary investigation reveals that an adult female driver of a Toyota Highlander was attempting to merge from the entrance ramp into the right lane when she side swiped a SUV traveling in the right lane of travel. The female driver of the Toyota then struck a third sedan also traveling southbound,” troopers said.
Officials said the driver of the SUV was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. No one else was injuries and everyone was wearing their seat belts, according to state police.
The driver of the SUV was charged with unsafe lane change.
Second 3-vehicle crash
Troopers were called to another three-vehicle wreck near the first crash just before 4:30 p.m.
“The preliminary investigation reveals the an adult male driver of a Toyota Tundra was traveling southbound on Route 150 when he struck a Honda Accord in the rear,” troopers said. “The male driver of the Tundra then struck a third vehicle, a Toyota sedan, before coming to rest in the roadway.”
The driver of the Honda as well as a passenger were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Toyota sedan was transported with minor injuries.
The pickup truck driver was not hurt, officials said. He was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain control.
All involved were wearing their seat belts, troopers said.
Speed is being considered one of the factors into the cause of the crash.
The crashes remain under investigation.
VDOT said the crashes closed the Chippenham Parkway’s south left shoulder, left lane, center lane and right lane as of 5:20 p.m.
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