Driver is Charged After Student Charter Bus Crashes in Richmond, Injuring 34
Virginia State Police say a bus driver lost control of his vehicle in Richmond with students on board, causing a crash that injured 34 people.
We noted this serious accident on Sunday night, just hours after a bus carrying college students back to their Virginia campuses after the Thanksgiving break, crashed on a Richmond Parkway.
WAVY.com reported that the bus was returning from Virginia Commonwealth University with students to take them on to Radford University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. The bus was operated by a charter company, Abbott Trailways of Roanoke. The media reported it had 51 people on board, including two drivers.
The bus overturned. Emergency responders on the scene said at least 34 people were taken to local hospitals with injuries, one of them critical.
Virginia State Police said the 58-year-old bus driver from Salem in Virginia was charged with reckless driving in the wake of this crash.
Police say he allegedly lost control of the bus as he rounded a curve and overturned just after 7 p.m. Sunday night — a mere 15 minutes into the trip.
Officials from the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team were at the accident scene to conduct a safety check of the bus and help with the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Charter bus operators have been a cause for concern in recent years and this latest crash will do little to alleviate fears. Earlier in November, six people were killed and a number more were injured in an early morning charter bus crash in Arkansas.
No other vehicles were involved in the single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The bus left the road and crashed into an overpass abutment.
In 2011 a charter bus crashed in Caroline County in Virginia, killing four passengers and injuring many others. The driver fell asleep.
He was later found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
When these kinds of accident occur, questions are also asked about the charter company. Did an unreasonable schedule lead to driver drowsiness and inattention? Those who were injured and the family members of those who died often have grounds to sue a charter bus company.
I am extremely alarmed that these bus accidents continue to happen with an alarming regularity, despite federal moves to tighten up safety in the charter bus industry. If you have been hurt in a bus crash, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.