FORT BELVOIR, Va. (WUSA9) -- Seven young people are recovering after they were flown to hospitals after a police pursuit and crash on an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Fairfax County on Tuesday morning.
Virginia State Police told us that the van was traveling more than 100 miles per hour before it hit a guardrail and overturned on a ramp. The occupants of the Toyota Sienna were males and females between the ages of 15 and 23.
The 15-year-old passenger is being treated for life threatening injuries at Inova Fairfax, say state police. The other six people are being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.
At this time, Police believe the driver was a female in her early twenties. Passengers included a 23-year-old male, a 21-year-old male, a 17-year-old male, and three 15-year-old females, according to police.
According to Virginia State Police, at 2 a.m. Tuesday troopers responded to the crash on the Exit 156B ramp leading to Dale Boulevard from Interstate 95. According to police, Fort Belvoir police were on patrol when they noticed a van driving erratically on Route 1.
According to Sgt. CW Davis, police tried to stop the van for suspected DUI but the van failed to stop. He says the vehicle made it out to I-95 from Fort Belvoir and continued south until exit 156, which is Dale Boulevard headed west. According to officials, Fort Belvoir police backed off of the pursuit once the van went out of their jurisdiction and called Fairfax County police.
Police officials say at no time was the van on the Fort Belvoir base.
Police officials say the van was traveling south on I-95 when it tried to take the exit ramp. At this time, police believe the car was traveling faster than 100 mph at the time. The van ran off the left side of ramp, struck a guardrail and overturned onto the left shoulder. Police say the van came to rest on its roof.
The seven people were airlifted from the scene, with five going to Inova Fairfax and two to MedStar Washington Hospital, say police.
The I-95 south Exit 165B ramp reopened at 6:50 a.m.