Bus With Students on Board Overturns in Chesterfield County, VA, Injuring 34
I was alarmed and saddened to read reports from Chesterfield County tonight that a bus overturned, hurting at least 34 people.
WRIC-TV reported that the bus left Virginia Commonwealth University with students from Radford University and Virginia Tech on board.
According to Lieutenant Jason Elmore of the Chesterfield County Fire and EMS, 33 of the people who were on the bus and were injured are not in a life-threatening condition but one person on board the bus sustained critical injuries.
The injured were transported to VCU Medical Center, Chippenham Johnston-Willis, St. Mary’s, Henrico Doctor’s Forrest Hills Campus, and Southside Regional Hospital.
The wreck closed the ramp from Powhite Parkway south to Chippenham Parkway south.
It’s not clear what caused this crash. My thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families.
WAVY.com reported that the bus was carrying college students back to their campuses after the Thanksgiving holiday. The TV station reported that the bus is owned and operated by Abbott Trailways.
In a statement the company said it “is fully cooperating with law enforcement officials and first responders to make sure everyone onboard the motorcoach is accounted for and anyone who needs medical attention gets it.”
Bus crashes are not common on the roads of Virginia but they can be very serious when they do happen. In 2011, a commercial tour bus overturned on Interstate 95 in Caroline County in Virginia, killing four people and injuring dozens of others.
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