State trooper injured in string of crashes
By STAFF REPORTS
Mar 18, 2014, 14:10
PETERSBURG -- A state trooper was seriously injured in a string of crashes along Interstate 95 in Petersburg this morning.
He was among three Virginia State Police troopers struck by out-of-control motorists Tuesday morning in the Metro-Richmond area. He was the only one of the three who suffered any serious injuries.
At approximately 5:45 a.m. this morning, Senior Trooper M. S. Felton was stopped on the right northbound shoulder of I-95 near the I-85 interchange near Petersburg investigating a crash when a second crash occurred directly behind him. Felton exited his patrol vehicle to render assistance to the driver in the second crash. Minutes later, two more drivers lose control of their vehicles causing one of them to strike Trooper Felton and the Trooper’s vehicle. Police say Trooper Felton’s vehicle did have its emergency lights activated at the time of the very first crash.
Felton and three other motorists were injured and transported to the hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.
A second state police trooper was involved in a crash shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Brook Road at Interstate 95 in Henrico County, when a driver lost control of her vehicle and struck the Trooper’s vehicle. The Trooper was stopped and waiting to make a left turn onto Interstate 95 southbound when the other vehicle struck his patrol car. Neither the driver nor Trooper was injured.
The third crash occurred shortly before 7:00 a.m. on Interstate 64 westbound near Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County. As the trooper was stopped on the shoulder investigating a weather-related crash, a westbound driver lost control, ran off the interstate and struck the Trooper’s vehicle. No one was injured. The Trooper’s vehicle did have its emergency lights activated.
According to Steven L. Chumley, the Division Commander of the Virginia State Police Richmond Division, “There is one very basic but critically important action that every motorist can do to help prevent these weather-related crashes and that is to simply slow down. As motorists, you must drive within your abilities and maintain control of your vehicles at all times. Thankfully no one was killed or suffered any life-threatening injuries.”
From 12:01 a.m. March 17 through noon March 18, Virginia State Troopers responded to 1,000 crashes statewide. Of those crashes, 326 were investigated by troopers and supervisors in the Richmond Division of the Virginia State Police.