Child ejected during three-vehicle wreck on I-295

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- Virginia State Police are investigating a three-vehicle wreck that shut down southbound I-295 near Cold Harbor Friday evening.

Officials said a Nissan Cube was traveling south on I-295 when a green Chevrolet Cruze cut it off and braked around 6:56 p.m.

The Cube swerved to avoid striking the Cruze and struck a Honda Pilot, which then ran into an Infiniti.


The impact of the crash caused the Pilot to overturn at least two times in which a child passenger was ejected.


The driver of the Cube suffered minor injuries and was transported to Hanover Memorial Hospital.

The driver and passenger of the Pilot were transported to VCU Medical Center for serious injuries. The child suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Infiniti suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Hanover Memorial for treatment.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

State police are asking anyone who saw the green Cruze before the crash  -- or has any information about the vehicle -- to call 804-553-3445.



All lanes of the interstate were back open by 8:45 p.m. At one point, traffic was backed up three and a half miles.


    • The Car Crash Detective

      It’s almost certain the child wasn’t properly restrained. I study these crashes on a daily basis on my blog (click on my username), and properly restrained children are almost never ejected in collisions. Remember, children shouldn’t be in just seat belts until they’re too big for booster seats, and they shouldn’t be in those until they’re too big for front facing harnessed seats, and they shouldn’t be in those until they’re too big for rear facing harnessed seats. Each change puts children more at risk of death in a collision.

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