Brad T. Cartwright killed when he slammed into fire truck at accident scene on I-295 in Virginia
Henrico County, Va. – A Fredericksburg motorist was killed when he failed to slow and stop for a crash scene along interstate 295. Virginia State Police Sgt. Stephan Vick reports that a fire truck was part of the emergency scene surrounding an earlier wreck when Brad T. Cartwright smashed into a Henrico fire truck with his Honda.
Police report that a single vehicle crash on I-295 northbound led to a second crash on I-295 southbound early Monday (January 19). The first crash occurred I-295 northbound at 6:02 a.m. at the 27.5 mile marker in Henrico County.
Virginia State Police Trooper S. Gagne investigated the initial crash which involved a 2014 Dodge Caravan with a total of six people inside. The vehicle was traveling I-295 northbound at the 27.5 mile marker when it ran off the road to the left into the median going over an embankment and into a swampy area overturning.
The driver of the Dodge, Brandon R. Burton, 23, of Capitol Heights, Maryland and one of the passenger’s were not injured in the crash. Three passengers in the van were transported to MCV hospital with non-life threatening injuries, a fourth passenger was transported via Med-Flight with serious but non-life threatening injuries. All six people in the van were wearing seatbelts. Burton was charged with Reckless Driving.
At 6:17 a.m. as Henrico Fire and Rescue units responded and were on scene I- 295 southbound at the 27.8 mile marker a Henrico fire truck was struck by a 2013 Honda Civic.
Virginia State Police Trooper D. Miller’s investigation of the crash revealed that a 2003 Pierce pumper truck (Henrico Fire Unit) was sitting in the left and center lane with lights activated when it was struck by a southbound 2013 Honda Civic. Two Henrico firefighters that were still in the truck at the time of the crash were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Honda, Brad T. Cartwright, 31, of Fredericksburg, Va., died at the scene; he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Virginia State Police and Henrico Police Crash Reconstruction teams assisted with the crash which remains under investigation.