Despite the fact that it’s only the second week of November, a lot of states in the south are experiencing inclement weather. Usually, when we read about multi-vehicle crashes on icy roads it’s up in New England. However, Virginia saw its fair share of freezing rain this past weekend. It led to what could have been a fatal crash. Charter bus collides with tractor trailer in Augusta County, VA. A charter bus traveling Eastbound on Virginia Interstate-64 was trying to navigate the slick conditions when it came upon an overturned tractor trailer. The tractor trailer, carrying U.S. mail, had flipped over due to the icy conditions. The charter bus was unable to avoid hitting it.
The impact of the crash was so severe, the tractor trailer actually split in half. The driver of the tractor trailer, 44-year old James Proffitt of Suffolk, Virginia, had to be cut out of the vehicle. The driver of the charter bus, 62-year old Andrew Burruss of Keswick was also severely injured in the crash. Both men were taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center in nearby Charlottesville.
There were more than 20 people on the bus at the time of the accident. Thankfully, most only suffered minor injuries like cuts and bruises. Medics tended to them inside the bus while rescue crews extracted both drivers.
There was a total of 7 vehicles involved in the crash. Authorities had to close the road down in both directions for several hours. There is no update on the condition of the drivers. However, the rescue crew said they were lucky that nobody died in the crash.
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