VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A bystander told WAVY.com what is was like to watch as Virginia Beach first responders put out a vehicle fire Monday afternoon.
“I was in my house and I heard a big bang. It was like three bangs in a row. I rushed out of the house to see what was going on,” Aaron O’Sullivan said. “I saw a big cloud of smoke, and I saw the cars on fire. I was frantic, I didn’t know what to do.”
The 15-year-old lives less than a mile from where the fiery crash happened on Ferrell Parkway, near the intersection with Pleasant Valley Road. He rushed to the scene, pulled out his cellphone and started recording the scene.
“Then a lot of people came outside. People were curious to see what was going on, O’Sullivan said. “The firemen came in and put the fire out. There was a lot of commotion going on. No one knew what was going on.”
A 911 call for the crash came into emergency dispatchers around 4 p.m. MPO James Cason said four, possibly five vehicles were involved. Images from the scene show at least two of the vehicles caught on fire. O’Sullivan could only watch and wonder if the people inside the vehicles were okay.
“I was just praying that nobody was in the car,” he said. “I didn’t want anyone to get burned. My human instinct was to hope nobody was in the car.”
Amazingly enough, police say no one died. There were several people injured, but police are not sure how severe those injuries are.
“That means my prayers were answered,” said O’Sullivan. “I prayed nobody died and it’s good to hear nobody is dead. Hopefully their injuries aren’t too severe.”
Police advised drivers to avoid the area, and traffic was redirected around the crash scene until about 6:30 p.m.
No further information has been released. Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.