No Injuries: Bus Carrying TI Seniors Involved In Accident In Virginia
No one was injured when a bus carrying Thousand Islands Central School students was involved in an accident Thursday morning in Virginia.
School Superintendent Joe Menard said the charter bus was carrying 35 seniors and four chaperones to Virginia Beach for their class trip when the bus went off the road and onto the median of the highway.
It was day one of a three-day trip.
The bus was the only vehicle involved, Menard said.
"First and foremost, all students and staff are fine. All individuals have been checked by emergency medical staff. We are extremely thankful that no one was injured," said Menard.
The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. when the bus was just over the Virginia state line.
According to state police in Virginia, the accident happened at in the intersection of Route 13 (also known as Lankford Highway) and Horntown Road in the New Church area in Accomack County.
Police said the bus was traveling southbound on Route 13 when the driver drifted off the roadway into a grassy median, striking a culvert and causing the bus to overturn.
He was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control, police said.
Menard said school officials are working with Birnie Bus Company and local law enforcement to determine the cause.
A new bus was provided by the charter company, Menard said, and the seniors were back on the road.
Route 13 was closed to traffic until shortly after 10 a.m., police said.
Eric Taylor, vice president of operations for Bernie Bus, said his company will be picking up the students at Virginia Beach to bring them home at the end of their trip.
Menard spoke by phone to 7 News At Noon. Click on the picture to hear the full interview.
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