Two bus crashes occurred recently in Virginia heading down I-95, the busiest in the Washington, D.C. area.
The March 17th accident was a bus crash on a trip under Princess Tours Inc. coming from New York with its final destination to Georgia. The driver of the bus, Qilong Xiao, 50, has been charged with speeding and reckless driving. Xiao is detained at Rappahannock Regional Jail. The jail is located in Stafford, Va., about 40 miles from the District.
Snow may have been a factor for the accident but as Peggy Fox of WUSA9 reported, passengers believed the driver was going too fast.
"I was scared, everyone was scared and people were screaming.”I said, 'Jesus!' " said Larette Campbell. "God carried us through."
"I woke up to the bus swaying and someone yelled, 'Are we going to crash'? And when I woke up again, the bus was on its side and people were on top of me," said Chevyonne Dillon, of New York.
Sheldon Thaon was traveling home to Georgia. "It was horrible. The bus flipped over. The bus was going way too fast, it hit the barrier and flipped on its side. I was on the bottom and everybody was sitting on top of me."
Many of the passengers on the bus could not speak English. One passenger stated she would not catch a bus back to Georgia but instead catch a plane.
More on the story can be read below.
The second bus crash happened early Sunday morning before 4 a.m. when a shuttle bus crashed with a white Acura. According to news sources the accident was a hit-and-run, in which the car fled and 17 people were injured. Nine passengers were ejected from their seats. David Alberto Sanchez, 24, died.
The passengers were coming from a party. Virginia state police spokeswoman Connie Geller gave the following information –
Seventeen people were injured in the shuttle bus crash, she said, and nine of those were ejected from the vehicle. The two with the most critical injuries were flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital where one died Sunday morning. He has been identified as David Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, Geller said.
Raphael Manuel Barrientos, 31, of Dumfries, is charged with one felony count of hit-and-run. Additional charges are pending consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Witnesses told police an America Transportation shuttle bus was traveling south on I-95 when a speeding white two-door Acura believed to be driven by Barrientos swerved and hit the shuttle bus, said Geller.
More on this tragedy can be read below.