A fatal traffic accident-- reportedly connected to an earlier reported homicide-- temporarily closed all lanes of Interstate 295 just north of Richmond, Va., Friday afternoon, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Three people died in the incident occurred in the southbound lanes near the US 301 interchange in Hanover County just before 3 p.m. local time. 

Chesterfield County police notified state authorities that a suspect in a homicide reported earlier in the day was heading northbound on I-295 near Mechanicsville.

When a state police cruiser approached the suspect's vehicle, it sped away and soon veered left into the grass median, Sgt. Steve Vick of the Virginia State Police told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The vehicle then drove across the median and into the southbound lanes, colliding head-on with a Chevrolet and causing a chain reaction crash involving two other southbound cars.

Vick told the Times-Dispatch that the driver of the suspect vehicle as well as the two occupants of the Chevrolet died at the scene.

Earlier Friday, law enforcement officers conducting a welfare check found a woman and a 2-year-old child dead inside a home in Chesterfield, about 100 miles south of Washington, D.C, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported.

Police had not yet identified the victims in the crash.