Injured woman needs spinal surgery after school bus crashes into limo on Lesner Bridge

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A school bus driver was summoned to court following a crash Tuesday evening on the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach.

The crash, which involved the school bus and a limousine, happened in the eastbound lanes of the bridge around 4 p.m. Virginia Beach police dispatchers said that there were no kids on the bus at the time of the wreck.

Three people ended up being transported to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

A police spokesperson said the bus driver was issued a summons for reckless driving.

10 On Your Side interviewed one of the passengers, who didn’t want to be identified. 

He says he’s lucky everyone survived. 

He says he, his wife, and mother-in-law, were in his family’s limo heading home when they were hit on the bridge. 

He says they had come to a complete stop when they were hit by a huge force.

“I looked over at my mother-in-law and could see she was completely pretzeled in the seat and the seatbelt was around her chest up towards her neck and all I remember her saying was reaching out to her daughter saying ‘please don’t let me die,'” he recalled with tears in his eyes.

When he peered out the window to see what had hit him, he said he couldn’t believe his eyes. 

“I saw a school bus, but it was 75, 80 feet behind us, and then I thought there’s no way that could have happened, they are way too far away and then I realized ‘man they must have been traveling at a fast rate and just hit us that hard,'” he said.

He says all three of them were taken to the hospital, and their driver, who was still a little cloudy from the crash, tried to help them along with EMS. 

Everyone, except for his mother-in-law has been released and she has to have emergency spinal surgery on Wednesday.

“If we were in any other vehicle, there’s no way we would be standing here today, there’s just no way,” he explained.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for updates.

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