MACHIPONGO, Vir. – More than a dozen passengers were injured Saturday morning when a commercial bus en route to Virginia Beach from New York careened off the highway and rolled into a ditch.
Investigating authorities said the crash occurred on the Lankford Highway in Machipongo on Virginia’s Eastern Shore shortly after 6 a.m. The bus was traveling southbound carrying 55 passengers, most of them from New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia when it toppled off the highway.
Thirteen of the passengers were taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in nearby Nassawadox for treatment of crash injuries, none of which are believed to be life threatening, initial reports say.
Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told the Associated Press that a company named Vision Tours leased the bus from its owner, ABC Bus Leasing of Faribault, Minn. Although the crash remains under investigation, police have charged the driver, 59-year-old Jeffrey Williams, with failure to keep a vehicle on the road.
Saturday’s bus crash is one in a spate of crashes involving commercial and privately owned buses in recent weeks.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 9, a Greyhound bus crashed traveling on I-80 in Central Pennsylvania slammed into the back of a tractor trailer, killing one person and injuring 44 others. State authorities are investigating the cause of that crash.
On September 14, another Greyhound bus tumbled off of I-75 in southwest Ohio, injuring 35 people. The driver of that bus told investigators that he had passed out at the wheel about one mile before the crash occurred.
A bus owned by a North Carolina Baptist church crashed into a tractor trailer and SUV near Knoxville, Tennessee on October 3, killing 8 people and injuring 14 others, two of them critically. That crash came just weeks after another fatal crash of a church-owned bus in Indianapolis that killed a Baptist youth minister, his pregnant wife, and a mother of five on their way home from a youth camp in northern Michigan.