A bus crash near Richmond, Virginia, killed two people and injured dozens of others, some critically, Tuesday morning when it overturned on an exit ramp.
The charter bus, owned by Massachusetts-based Tao’s Travel, was traveling from Orlando, Florida, to New York City when it crashed about 5:30 p.m. just south of Richmond. There were 56 passengers on board plus the driver, whom authorities identified as Yui Man Chow, 40, of Staten Island, New York.
The Virginia State Police said the driver was traveling at an excessive speed when he veered off a foggy exit ramp on Interstate 95 in King George County, Virginia. He has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and is being held at Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George.
An adult male passenger died at the scene of the bus crash, investigators said. The other passenger, an adult female, died a few hours later at the hospital. Two other people suffered injuries authorities said were life-threatening, and multiple people remained in the hospital as of Tuesday night with crash injuries ranging from moderate to serious.
According to WNBC New York, Tao’s Travel said the bus was chartered by a company based in New York City’s Chinatown that sells discount tickets to passengers.
One passenger who spoke with WNBC indicated the bus may have flipped multiple times. He said he was asleep when suddenly it felt like he was in “the spin cycle in someone’s dryer.”
Virginia State Police Sgt. Keeli Hill said it was unclear whether Tuesday morning’s foggy conditions contributed to the bus crash, but authorities said the fog prevented rescuers from using a helicopter to evacuate victims to regional hospitals.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sent a representative to the scene of the bus crash and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will also investigate.