A woman, two of her children, and a state trooper were rushed to the hospital Monday night after the officer crashed into the woman's van during a chase.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Commerce and Everett streets in the City of Richmond.
Virginia State Police say the incident started around 4:30 p.m., when an officer tried to stop someone in a white mini-van at the I-95 Maury Street exit.
According to a media release from Virginia State Police, Trooper Matthew William Deus was attempting to stop the van for expired license plates and illegal window tint. As the officer began approaching the van, it sped away.
As the chase progressed south down Everett Street, the white van sped through the intersection at East Commerce Road. As Trooper Deus entered the intersection, his cruiser crashed into a blue 1997 Dodge Caravan, traveling west on Commerce Road.
The cruiser's lights and sirens were activated at the time of the crash, according to witnesses on the scene.
Trooper Deus, of Rockaway, N.J., was part of the VSP 120th Basic Graduating Class and graduated on Dec. 20, 2013.
The woman has been identified only as a 31-year-old Richmond resident. She, along with her 10-year-old and 9-year-old daughters, suffered non life-threatening injuries. The woman's 1-year-old son was secured in a safety seat at the time of the accident, and was not injured.
The mother, her two daughters and the trooper were taken to VCU Medical Center for treatment. Meanwhile, the driver of the white van fled the scene.
Witnesses were shocked when they saw just how bad the damage was.
"I'm speechless right now," said Timothy Boone. "I really can't imagine being in it."
Residents living nearby say they're not surprised the crash happened at this particular intersection, because they've seen wrecks there before.
"We avoid this intersection," said neighbor Lee Stone. "It's so difficult to see oncoming traffic until you're actually in the process of turning or already committed."
An accident reconstruction team spent Monday night looking at every aspect of the crash and many know the wreck could have been a lot worse.
"I'm just hoping that everybody's safe that's involved in the accident and just praying for everybody," said Boone.Stay with ABC 8News on air, online and on the go for updates on this developing story as they become available.
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