Rain is considered a large part of the reason behind a multi-vehicle crash that took place in West Springfield on Monday, September 17th. According to a report from the Fairfax County Police Department, it was sometime around 2:30 in the afternoon when calls first started reaching the emergency dispatchers regarding the incident, and emergency response vehicles arrived at the scene of the location shortly afterwards.
The location of the crash was close to the intersection of Rolling Road and Hunter Village Drive. Two cars were involved, although the reports did not indicate which of the roads mentioned these cars were traveling down, and it remains unclear as to just what happened to cause the incident in the first place.
We do know that it was as they were nearing the intersection of Rolling Road and Hunter Village Drive that one of the drivers lost control of their vehicle. In the resulting moments, this driver was unable to prevent their car from swerving off of the roadway, crossing over a median covered in soft grass, and entering the lanes headed in the opposite direction. It was as they entered these lanes that the first car collided with a second vehicle that was traveling along the same stretch of road.
The driver of the car that sped across the median was a 70-year-old individual who was named in the initial report. They were pronounced dead at the scene, although it is not clear if their death was the result of the crash or perhaps a medical emergency that led to them sustaining fatal injuries.
Behind the wheel of the second car was a 33-year-old person from Woodbridge. They also suffered from injuries in the incident, but all reports so far indicate that these injuries are not life threatening.
As well as casting a suspicious eye on the inclement weather passing through the area, detectives working at the crash site also issued a statement indicating that they are of the opinion that excessive speed also led to the first driver losing control of their vehicle, crossing the median, and striking the second car.