CAPRON, Va. (WAVY) - A Chapel Hill man died and his wife was injured after the charter bus they were traveling in overturned Friday morning.
Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police said the crash occurred around 7 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Route 58 near Route 652 in Capron.
There were eight passengers and a driver abroad the bus heading to High School Day at Hampton University.
The driver of the bus lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway, overturning in a ditch, Anaya said. Chopper 10 over the scene showed the bus appeared to have landed in the front yard of a home along Route 58.
Two passengers were ejected from the bus and one of them died at the scene. The deceased passenger has been identified as 58-year-old Doval Emmanuel Watson of Chapel Hill, N.C. His wife, Theresa Watson, was critically injured in the crash and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Her condition was upgraded to seriously injured Friday evening, and she was released from the hospital Monday.
She was reportedly pinned underneath the bus following the accident.
Troopers are still investigating how the driver, 52-year-old Larry Brocks, lost control. Brocks, of Raleigh, has been charged with reckless driving, according to Anaya. Other charges may come pending consultation with the Commonwealth's Attorney.
"When the bus driver kind of came over on the right hand side of the road here, you see the gravel, and then you throw wet roads in there, and the shoulder is so wide and so steep the bus driver had no way to get back control of the bus in order to get back on the embankment," Williams said. "So it was kind of the situation where once the bus committed to the shoulder it wasn't going to stop."
The bus was the only vehicle involved and was on its way to Hampton University from Chapel Hill, Anaya said. Students were to attend the university's High School Day . It was about two and a half hours into its journey when the crash occurred.
Students involved in the crash told WAVY.com they were either asleep, playing video games or listening to music when the bus overturned. They had to climb out the front window of the bus and jumped into action to save the woman thrown from the bus.
"We all like got out of the bus and someone started like digging out all the dirt to [help] her arm and then we just sat there and waited," Gabe Lynch, one of the students on the bus told WAVY.com.
None of the students were injured.
Gloria Doyle, president of the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the Hampton University Alumni Association said there were six students on board the bus. She added Watson is also an alumnus of Hampton University and used to be president of the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the Hampton University Alumni Association.
Lauren Compton reported Watson organized the trip and had done so for several years.
Horizon Coach Lines released the following statement Friday afternoon:
"On Friday morning, April 5 th, 2013 a motorcoach carrying eight passengers was involved in an accident just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Rt. 58 and Rt. 652 in Capron, Virginia.
The bus is owned and operated by Evergreen Trails Inc, doing business as Horizon Coach Lines. The bus company is cooperating fully with police and other authorities.
We understand that the accident resulted in a fatality. Horizon Coaches wishes to express its sorrow and sympathy to those impacted by this accident. The company will do everything it can to help determine the cause of the accident.
Horizon Coaches has a "Satisfactory" rating, the highest, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration."
Hampton University released the following statement:
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