A 16 passenger shuttle bus hit a guardrail causing it to overturn before dawn Sunday on the busy Interstate 95 south of the nation’s capital, leaving one person dead and 16 others to the hospital, Virginia State Police said.
The bus was heading south on the popular East Coast artery when multiple witnesses reported a white, speeding four-passenger vehicle swerved into the bus’s travel lane. The bus then veered to the right to avoid the sedan, running off the road and striking the guardrail in the process and overturned. Virginia State Police said.
The crash occurred on the interstate in northern Virginia’s Fairfax County and police were called to the scene at 3:28 a.m. Sunday, State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
Geller said a man perished in the crash and was one of the two people flown from the crash to a northern Virginia hospital, but she did not have any additional details. She said she did not know if the man who died was one of the sixteen passengers on the shuttle bus or if he was the driver.
Geller said police were searching for the white sedan witnesses saw and added that southbound lanes on the interstate were closed for a period of time before fully reopening around 5 a.m. Sunday.
Geller said the crashed vehicle was an American Transportation shuttle bus. An answering service dispatcher for the company said American Transportation had no information to release to the public. All questions for American Transportation should be directed towards the Virginia State police the company asks.
Photos released taken at the site show police had erected orange safety cones at the site and used floodlights to illuminate the overturned shuttle bus. The white bus was on its right side laying in a grassy area. Crews were visible using a tall crane trying to turn the bus back up.