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Crash Between Head Start Bus and SUV in Chesapeake Injures Six

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Crash Between Head Start Bus and SUV in Chesapeake Injures Six

By Griff O'Hanlon, Chesapeake Auto Accident Lawyer

Six people were injured in a crash between an SUV and a Head Start bus in Chesapeake this morning during a chaotic morning commute.

Kelly O’Sullivan with Chesapeake Police said three adults and two kids were injured inside the Head Start bus. The driver of the SUV was also injured in the crash. The pictures from the scene looked alarming. I was relieved to read none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Police said the crash happened at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Battlefield Boulevard and Hanbury Road.


A woman was injured in another crash during the morning commute. A multiple-car crash was reported on the Berkley Bridge on Interstate 264 west. It involved a Norfolk police car and sent one woman to the hospital Monday morning, reported

I hope those who were hurt in both of these crashes make a speedy recovery. Although accidents involving serious injuries on school buses are rare, we see many instances in Hampton Roads in which school buses are involved in wrecks.

In December, a bus driver was cited for a failure to yield after a Norfolk school bus was involved in an accident at 7:15 a.m. at Reservoir and East Virginia Beach Boulevard.

The bus driver was merging into another lane and sideswiped a car, according to police. There were no students on the bus at the time.

The driver of the car not seriously injured but was in pain and taken to the hospital for an examination. 

Last year 11 students were treated for injuries after accidents in Suffolk and Poquoson.  The Poquoson bus driver was charged with reckless driving after losing control of the vehicle on exiting the interstate at Victory Boulevard eastbound on the wet pavement. The bus ran off the road, hit a highway sign, then came to a stop in a mud-filled ditch.

If your child was injured in a school bus crash, you have potential grounds to sue a city or the other driver’s insurance policy, depending on the circumstances of the crash. Over the last few years, many cities in Hampton Roads have been dogged by a shortage of school bus drivers, and this may have an impact on the quality of the candidate pool. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is the authors of Top Twenty Tips for Car, Truck or Motorcycle Accidents. Remember if you involved in an car, truck, motorcycle or bus accident, take pictures at the scene if you can. It may be useful evidence in a future claim. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation if you have been injured due to the fault of another driver.

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