4 killed when tour bus flips in Virginia
Sgt. Thomas Molnar says 58 people were on board, including the driver. The injured were taken to 11 different hospitals in the Richmond and Fredericksburg-area. Duffel bags, luggage and broken glass still littered the highway hours after the crash. Molnar told reporters during a briefing that the Sky Express Inc. bus was in route from Greensboro, N.C., to Chinatown in New York City when it deviated from the interstate, hit an embankment and flipped; The bus has since been righted but remains at the scene. The bus left Greensboro at 10:30 p.m. Monday night. It had seatbelts for the driver but not for the passengers. State police believe the likely cause was driver fatigue but are still investigating. Molnar said the driver, who hasn't been identified, suffered minor injuries and is cooperating with the investigation. The driver has not been charged in the case.
Federal authorities say nearly 2,800 spot safety checks of passenger buses across the country from March 28 through April 6 resulted in about 10 percent of the vehicles or drivers being taken off the road. Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has 10 people in stable condition. VCU spokeswoman Anne Buckley says the hospital expects more patients to be transferred there from other hospitals. Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg treated eight patients, whose injuries ranged from critical to minor. Spokeswoman Deborah Morris says one has been released. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center officials said in a release that it treated eight people for minor injuries.
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