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Fairfax police probe cause of 6-vehicle crash at gas station near GMU

The end of the chain-reaction crash at a Sunoco station. (NewsChopper 7 photo)
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FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) -- A gas station across the street from George Mason University remained closed Friday as Fairfax County police investigators sought to determine what triggered a chain-reaction crash there involving six vehicles a day earlier.

Five people were injured, some seriously, in the accident that happened about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the Sunoco station in the 10600 block of Braddock Road just east of Ox Road.

The initial accident report from police, released Friday, indicates a trash truck driver rear-ended a car on Braddock road and then veered into oncoming traffic before coming to a halt in the gas station parking lot after crashing into more vehicles, some pedestrians and a gas pump.

Police said it was possible the truck driver, whose name was not released, may have suffered a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his truck. Neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash, investigators indicated.

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