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Bus crash on I-95 sends nearly 60 to area hospitals

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Photo from Virginia State Police

Photo from Virginia State Police

A discount bus carrier crashed on a snowy Interstate 95 early Monday morning, seriously injuring four passengers and shutting down all lanes for hours.

The Virginia State Police said speed was a factor in the crash, which happened during the snowstorm that dumped about 5 inches of snow in the Fredericksburg area.

Just after 4 a.m., the southbound bus slid on the slick road and overturned, landing on its side. The crash happened just north of the Centreport Parkway, according to the Virginia State Police. There were 58 passengers on the bus. All were treated at area hospitals. Stafford school buses were used to transport the patients. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center treated 22 of the riders. The hospital said all were in stable condition and expected to be released Monday. Mary Washington Hospital treated 17 of the passengers and Stafford Hospital cared for seven.

Qilong Xiao

Qilong Xiao

The driver of the bus, Qilong Xiao, 50, of Flushing, N.Y., was charged with reckless driving, state police said, adding that speed was a factor in the crash. Xiao refused treatment at the scene. He was taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail and held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

The bus, a 2005 Van Hool, is owned by Princess Tours, based in Indianapolis. The bus was headed from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Doraville, Ga.

The State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team also responded to the scene to inspect the vehicle. State police also notified the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The interstate reopened shortly after 8 a.m.

Traffic backed up on I-95 south early this morning after a bus crashed all lanes of the highway. / Photo by Dave Ellis

Traffic backed up on I-95 south early this morning after a bus crash closed all lanes of the highway. / Photo by Dave Ellis

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