Driver charged after bus carrying students overturns in Virginia

There were 32 elementary school students on the bus when it crashed

School bus crash Virginia
(Credit: WRIC)

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A school bus carrying more than 30 students overturned in Dinwiddie County Thursday morning, and the bus driver has been charged.

There were 32 Sutherland Elementary School students on the bus when it crashed.

The driver, Linda Moss, has been charged with reckless driving. 8News has learned she was also behind the wheel when 14 students were injured in a school bus crash in 2013. She was charged with reckless driving for the 2013 incident but was eventually found not guilty.

The Virginia State Police said only one student complained of an injury, but all students were taken to the hospital to be checked out. Moss was taken to VCU Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

According to Edward Tucker, the Director of Transportation for Dinwiddie County Public Schools, Moss has been employed with the school system since 2011 and will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

8News spoke with one woman who was two cars behind the bus when it flipped over.

Khadijah Holland came around the curb and saw the bus flipped over on its side. She along with another driver rushed to the scene to help.

She snapped photos after all the kids were safely off the bus, but before that, she and another driver ripped open the emergency back door and were helping children off the bus.

She also told 8News she checked every student she helped off the bus for serious injuries but thankfully found none.

“They were very upset. They were crying. They were overall just scared and shocked. I was in shock myself. My heart was racing. I was thinking, I was in my pajamas and I was just like come on get the kids off the bus,” Holland said.

According to VSP, the bus was traveling south on Ferndale Road when it ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment of snow, crossed over Pinecroft Road and overturned onto its side in the ditch.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

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