Seven people suffered injuries — some life-threatening — early Tuesday morning after the minivan they were traveling in led police on a high-speed chase with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour before it crashed off a ramp along Interstate 95 south, flipped several times and struck a guardrail.
The incident occurred around 2 a.m. when Fort Belvoir police tried to stop the driver of a Toyota Sienna minivan for a possible driving under the inflence. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and drove along I-95 south from Fairfax County Parkway to the Dale Boulevard exit, according to Sgt. Charles W. Davis of the Virginia State Police.
“When they tried to make the exit, they were traveling at speeds of close to 100 miles per hour,” Davis said. The driver of the van lost control, hit the guardrail, and the vehicle rolled “at least two and a half times down an embankment into a wooded area,” according to Davis.
Crews hooking smashed minivan to tow truck in Dale City. Hope to reopen exit 156B within the hour. pic.twitter.com/mnquGxdR4s
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Four of the seven people in the minivan were ejected into the nearby wooded area, police said. Two of those who were in the van suffered life-threatening injuries and the other five were transported to area hospitals. The other five people’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said. The seven people in the van ranged in age from teens to early 20s, police said.
The incident meant the Dale Boulevard westbound exit was closed for several hours in the early morning as investigators worked at the scene. Police reopened the ramp just before 7 a.m.