At first, Virginia State Police troopers thought that a car had simply cut off a shuttle bus returning from a birthday party in the nation’s capital. Further investigation revealed that the car and the bus actually made contact. The crash killed one person and injured several others.
According to witnesses, a fast-moving vehicle cut in front of the shuttle bus, made contact and then sped off without stopping. The impact caused the bus to crash into and through the guardrail. Several of the passengers were ejected from the bus during the accident. When the bus finally came to rest, it was on its side.
Emergency personnel determined that two of the passengers needed to be airlifted from the scene to a hospital in northern Virginia to be treated for life-threatening injuries. One of them subsequently succumbed to his injuries. Another passenger and the driver suffered serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The 13 remaining passengers were fortunate enough to escape the crash with only minor injuries.
Virginia State Police officers later took the driver believed to have been driving the white sedan, as described by witnesses, into custody. He has so far been charged with felony hit-and-run. The family of the deceased passenger and the other seriously injured victims may file civil actions against the driver and any other parties that may face claims for financial liability in this horrific crash. Even though the shuttle bus driver may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, he may choose to file a personal injury claim as well.
Source: New York Daily News, One man dead after bus crash in Virginia, man in custody: police, No author, March 23, 2014