School bus involved in accident

Published 10:54 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Suffolk Public Schools bus loaded with 52 Booker T. Washington Elementary School students was involved in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon. The investigation is ongoing.

A Suffolk Public Schools bus loaded with children was involved in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon.

The bus was carrying 52 children on their way home from Booker T. Washington Elementary School, schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said.

The accident occurred at 3:32 p.m. in the 1100 block of White Marsh Road, near its intersection with Locust Road. A Honda Accord and Nissan Altima also were involved in the accident.

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The students were held on the bus for about 30 minutes until another bus arrived to take them home. A handful of parents arrived at the scene to pick their children up.

The remainder of the students — some tearful, some excited — switched buses with the help of firefighters, police officers and school personnel who were on the scene.

Reginald, an 8-year-old student who was on the bus, said some of his classmates were upset about the wreck.

“[The bus driver] called all the kids’ names, and they had to raise their hands,” said Reginald, whose mother did not want his last name used. “Some people started crying.”

The cause of the accident still is under investigation, city spokeswoman Debbie George said. Both of the cars were behind the bus and had suffered front-end damage.

No students were injured, George added. One patient from one of the passenger vehicles was transported to Sentara Obici Hospital, but the extent of his injuries was not known Tuesday night.