CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Several special needs students and two adults are hurt after a Chesterfield County school bus ran off Hull Street Road, according to the Chesterfield Fire Department. The bus crashed through a guardrail and ended up flipped over on its side in the bottom of a ditch Thursday afternoon.
According to the Chesterfield Fire Department, all students and adults on board were transported to the hospital. The Fire Department said seven people were on the bus when it crashed, five children and two adults. Four of the children and the adults were transported by ambulance to the hospital with injuries. The other child’s family refused an ambulance, and the student was taken to the hospital by a family member.
Several ambulances were on the scene, and people were attended to by emergency personnel.
Many people not involved in the crash were seen standing nearby, and climbing on top of the bus, helping to rescue those inside the vehicle.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, around 4 p.m. all westbound lanes were closed near Pocoshock Boulevard (Route 733) due to the crash and were later reopened just before 10 p.m.
A witness to the incident told 8News that a dark-colored pickup truck sideswiped the bus around 3:30 p.m., which caused it to run off the road into a swampy ravine. Chesterfield Fire confirmed that it received a report for a “school bus versus another vehicle.”
Chesterfield County Police said the driver of a 1997 Ford F150 was traveling west on Hull Street Road when the vehicle veered off the road, overcorrected, and hit the Chesterfield County school bus. The school bus then ran off the road, turning onto its passenger side.
The driver of the Ford stayed at the scene for questioning, according to police.
A spokesperson with Chesterfield County Schools sent out a statement on the crash, saying:
“A Chesterfield school bus was involved in an accident late this afternoon. The school division has been and remains in direct contact with the families of students who were involved. We are sincerely appreciative of the work of Chesterfield County emergency personnel and everyone who assisted on the scene.”Shawn Smith
Police are investigating the crash, and ask for anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
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8News reporter Ben Dennis contributed to this report.