RICHMOND -- A woman injured in a head-on collision in South Richmond on Thursday night remained in "extremely critical" condition Friday morning, and police said they were unsure if she was going to recover.

Two other people involved in the collision at South 37th Street at Stege Avenue were in critical condition, police said. The wreck happened about 7:20 p.m. in a residential neighborhood one block south of the city's major thoroughfare, Cutting Boulevard.

Police said a white Chevy Camaro was traveling south on South 37th Street and collided with a Chevy pickup truck heading north. The impact crushed the Camaro and ejected two of its four occupants, both of whom appear to have been sitting in the back seat, police said. An air bag and seat belt kept the driver and passenger from being injured more seriously than they were, police said.

The truck traveled about another 20 feet after the collision, then flipped over, police said. Three men in the truck were injured, one of them critically, police said.

None of the victim's names, ages or hometowns were released. Police did not release the genders of all four people in the Camaro.

Police are investigating whether the driver of one of the vehicles was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and they indicated that excessive speed may have been a factor. The speed limit on the street is 25 mph.

Contact Rick Hurd at 510-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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