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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Slick and icy road conditions are to blame for three accidents that occurred next to each other within a 10-minute span Thursday morning in Prince William County.

Virginia State Police and other safety personnel were on the scene of a three-vehicle crash along Interstate 95 when two other vehicles crashed into the accident scene about six minutes apart, police said.

Two state troopers and a Virginia Department of Transportation Safety Services patrol officer responded to a call at about 8:30 a.m. for a three-vehicle crash on I-95 southbound near Exit 150A.

About four minutes later, a Nissan Frontier pickup truck ran off the road and struck a state trooper’s vehicle — while the trooper was seated inside — and two of the three vehicles in the original crash, according to police. Both the trooper and the driver of the truck were taken to Potomac Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

About six minutes later, a Ford Ranger pickup truck lost control and slid sideways into the VDOT Safety Services vehicle that also responded to the scene of the original crash. Police said the impact of that crash caused the VDOT vehicle to strike the Safety Services officer who was standing outside his vehicle. The truck then struck the other state trooper’s patrol car.

The Safety Services officer was transported to Potomac Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of Ford Ranger, identified as Robert Craig, 65, of Fredericksburg, was not injured in the crash but was charged with reckless driving.

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