Rush Hour Accident Kills Three on Virginia Road

Rush Hour Accident Kills Three on Virginia RoadA three-car pile up killed three people on Backlick Road in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Wednesday, August 10, after a truck crossed the center median and struck oncoming traffic, the Rosehill Patch reports.

According to the news source, Fairfax County Police believe that a man driving a Toyota pickup truck was traveling southbound on Backlick Road with one passenger in the car when, for undetermined reasons, he crossed the center median, veering into oncoming traffic.

Fairfax County Police spokesperson Tawny Wright told the media outlet that the truck then struck a Jeep Cherokee and an Oldsmobile sedan that were traveling in the northbound lanes, where the truck eventually came to a halt pinned against the guardrail.

The driver of the Oldsmobile was treated for injuries at the scene, but required no further medical attention. Authorities are currently consulting crash reconstruction detectives to determine whether alcohol or speed were contributing factors in the accident.

"All of a sudden we heard a boom," witness J.T. Smith, a collision estimator for Springmall Auto Body, told the news provider. "I work for an auto body shop, so I know what the boom is. Usually we have accidents quite often out here, but I didn't see anyone here. All I saw was a Jeep and an Oldsmobile. As soon as I got halfway there, that's when I saw the overturned vehicle."

Smith said that when he saw a body on the pavement, he yelled to his fellow workers that an accident had happened. He then ran to the Jeep to assist the victims.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 757 fatalities resulting from traffic-related accidents in Virginia in 2009, down 12 percent from the previous year.