Stafford Bus Crash Injures 4, Shuts Down I-95 South

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Four people suffered serious injuries in a bus crash that shut down all of I-95 South in Stafford County early Monday morning.

At 4:05 a.m. on March 17, Virginia State Police responded to mile marker 137 for a report of a single-vehicle crash involving a passenger bus carrying 54 people. The bus had run off the left side of the road and flipped over onto its side. While no fatalities have been reported, at least four passengers suffered injuries and all passengers—both injured and non-injured—were taken to area hospitals.

“State police requested the assistance of Stafford County to provide school buses to transport passengers who were not injured from the scene,” Corinne Geller, the VSP public relations director, said in an email. “The decision to transport injured and non-injured passengers to the hospitals was made in order to keep passengers together and provide them immediate, adequate shelter from the winter storm.”

The driver of the 2005 Van Hool bus, 50-year-old Qilong Xiao of Flushing, N.Y., has been charged with reckless driving, because speed was a factor in the crash. Xiao refused medical treatment at the scene.

The bus is operated by Princess Tours, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis. The bus was traveling from New York to Doraville, Ga. at the time of the crash.

Drivers should expect significant delays due to the crash and snowy, icy roads in the area. Southbound traffic is being detoured off of I-95 at mile marker 140. As of 8:30 a.m., two lanes were open.

VSP continues to investigate the cause of the crash. Stafford County Fire and Rescue, Quantico Fire and Rescue, Prince William County Fire and Rescue, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Transportation assisted VSP.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC 8News on air, online and on the go for updates.

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