BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia State Police have announced more detailed information on Sunday morning’s crash that the Forest Volunteer Fire Department has described as a “mass casualty incident.”
State troopers now say the crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 16 along Ivy Lake Road in Bedford County.
According to officials, eight juveniles were in a 2003 BMW X5 when the vehicle apparently ran off the road and lost control. It subsequently hit a culvert and overturned.
Virginia State Police say five juveniles were transported from the scene — one by helicopter and four by ambulance.
The driver — a 17-year-old boy — along with five girls and two other boys were reportedly in the car at the time of the crash. Police do not know whether or not the occupants were wearing seat belts.
An update on the medical condition of any of the juveniles who were hospitalized has not been released as of this writing.
According to Virginia State Police, speed was a factor in the crash.
This story will be updated when additional information is released.