I-95 Bus Wreck Near Richmond Kills 4, Injures Many

12:21 PM, May 31, 2011   |    comments
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Bowling Green, VA -- The Virginia State Police says four people are dead and there are multiple injuries after a tour bus overturned on Interstate 95 in central Virginia.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the commercial tour bus ran off the road before dawn Tuesday and turned onto its roof about a quarter mile south of the Carmel Church exit.

SLIDESHOW: Images from the scene

The tour bus belongs to Charlotte-based Sky Express Bus. It left Greensboro at 10:30 p.m. Monday and was on the way to Chinatown in New York City, according to a news release from Virginia State Police. The company's website shows the bus picks up passengers at a gas station on High Point Road in Greensboro.

Investigators said 59 people were on the bus, including the driver. The injured were taken to hospitals in Richmond and Fredericksburg.

Police are still in the process of notifying passenger families.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Sky Express driver 37-year-old Kin Yiu Cheng is charged with reckless driving and is being held at an area jail on $3,000 bond. He suffered minor injuries in the crash. 

Driver fatigue is blamed for the wreck, but a safety team is inspecting the bus for any mechanical errors or problems.

Authorities say driver fatigue contributed to the crash.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says the northbound lanes are expected to remain closed at mile marker 104 for several hours.

According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records, Sky Express buses have been involved in four crashes, with one injury or fatality during the two-year period that ended May 20.

Drivers with Charlotte-based Sky Express have been cited for 17 unsafe-driving violations, including eight speeding violations since 2009. Records show the company was cited for 46 violations related to fatigued driving, including three that were classified as serious.

The records show the company uses 31 motor coaches and 53 drivers, as of May 20.



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