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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–A CBS 6 viewer contacted the station after they witnessed a state police cruiser and another vehicle crash.

state trooper involved accidentThe incident occurred at Commerce Road and Everett Street, in South Richmond.

State police told CBS 6 that there are actually three pieces to this accident.

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corrine Geller said that the trooper was trying to initiate a traffic stop, on a white mini-van that was traveling along Everett Street.

State Police say their trooper tried to pull the white minivan over for expired tags and an illegal window tint around 4:30 Monday afternoon.  The van  stopped, but then took, off turning onto Everett Street on the city’s Southside.

Geller said that the white mini-van made it through the intersection at Commerce, and the trooper that was following collided with the blue mini-van. Geller said the lights and sirens were on as the police cruiser traveled, through the stop sign.

“His emergency lights and sirens were activated and witnesses say they heard the sirens in advance,” said Geller.

“The occupants include a female adult driver and three children between one to ten years of age,” Geller said. “The one-year-old was securely fastened in the child safety seat and was not injured.”

As a precaution the infant was transported to the hospital.

Police said that everyone was transported to VCU Medical Center, with non-threatening injuries.

We will continue to update WTVR.com as information is made available.