Dozens of college students hurt after charter bus overturns on Powhite Parkway

Posted at 6:15 AM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 06:15:04-05

Chesterfield County, Va. - Dozens of college students were hospitalized after an Abbott Trailways charter bus they were on overturned on the Powhite Parkway in Chesterfield County Sunday evening.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Steve Vick said the bus originated in Richmond and was carrying students from Virginia Tech and Radford.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said the bus was carrying 49 passengers. Two drivers were on board the bus. One driver was transported to the hospital.

One victim has critical injuries. Another 32 victims have injuries that are not life-threatening, according to Elmore. The injuries range from bumps and bruises to cuts and contusions.

Those victims have been taken to VCU Medical Center, Chippenham Medical Center and Johnston Willis.

Abbot Trailways released the following statement:

Sunday night, November 29th, a motorcoach owned and operated by Abbott Trailways was involved in an accident in Richmond, Virginia.

The motorcoach was chartered to take students at Virginia Tech and Radford University back to their campuses after the Thanksgiving weekend.

At this time Abbott Trailways 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.

The cause of the accident is under investigation and Abbott Trailways is again working with police to determine what happened.

Abbott Trailways is also taking steps to make sure all of the students who wish to get to campus tonight are accommodated on another bus, which was dispatched as soon as the company learned of the accident.