Several students taken to hospital following Suffolk school bus accident; other driver issued summons

Posted at 10:07 AM, Nov 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-06 17:12:52-05

UPDATE: This morning, 9 students were taken to Sentara Obici Hospital and seven others were taken to the hospital by private vehicles following the bus accident. No one in this group had to be admitted and everyone was treated and released by noon on Thursday. 

Police say the driver of the bus stopped to make a right turn and the driver of a 1995 Ford Mustang hit the back of the bus. 

The driver of the Mustang, Avidd Owens, was issued a summons for following too closely. 

Suffolk, Va. - The 5400 block of Godwin Boulevard/Route 10 is currently closed in both directions due to a school bus accident, according to Suffolk police.

The Suffolk Police Department and Suffolk Fire & Rescue responded to the accident involving a Suffolk Public Schools bus and a passenger vehicle which occurred this morning at 8:55 a.m.

It happened in the 100 block of Pembroke Lane and the intersection of Godwin Boulevard near Oakland Elementary School. Officials say a passenger vehicle traveling at a 'low rate of speed' rear-ended the bus that was transporting 30 students.

The students and drivers received emergency medical assessment by Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel and none had visible injuries, however, a total of nine students were ground transported to Sentara Obici Hospital for medical attention.

Neither the driver of the bus nor the driver of the involved vehicle were injured, officials say. The principal escorted the remaining students into the school.

The 5400 block of Godwin Boulevard/Route 10 is currently closed in both directions.

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