Utility Workers, Driver Injured in Accident Near Barracks Road Shopping Center
Three people were treated for injuries after a car accident in front of Barracks Road Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon.
The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. along the 900 block of Emmet Street. Two utility trucks were parked at the intersection with Wise Street doing work on a pole that was hit during a previous accident when witnesses say a man in a 2002 Nissan was driving erratically before slamming into the back of the truck, pinning one of the workers.
According to Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department, "The vehicle came back over to the right side, obviously over top one of the cones, and struck the truck that was in the construction project here."
A 45-year-old utility worker from Louisa County and the driver, 74-year-old Conrad Smith from Crozet, were taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center. The worker from Louisa was pinned under the car and was seriously injured. A second worker, a 23-year-old from Keswick, was treated roadside but not taken to the hospital. A third worker, who was in the utility truck bucket, was not injured.
Police say Smith had a medical condition that contributed to the crash. Wednesday night, he and the worker from Louisa were still in the hospital.
Lt. Roberts said the workers had set up a proper zone around their site. “The workers were on the street behind the truck. There are signs indicating there is a work zone ahead and the right lane is closed, also cones to divert traffic around to the left lane on the southbound side of Emmet Street.”
Emmet Street southbound by the Barracks Road Shopping Center was closed for about two hours.
The commonwealth's attorney has yet to decide whether charges will be filed.
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