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85-Year-Old Bus Driver Charged in Crash

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—An 85-year old Chesterfield school bus driver involved in a Tuesday morning crash has been charged with failure to yield the right of way.   

Police say Ira Cromer junior pulled out in front of an oncoming car this morning--which became wedged under the bus. Witnesses say they heard a loud boom and then saw a woman trapped. 

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to get the driver out after it ran into this bus. No students were on board during the accident; Cromer did not suffer any injuries. The driver of the car was transported to MCV for treatment of minor injuries.

Meanwhile, residents are worried if something isn't done it could lead to a more serious accident at this intersection.

Rebecca Caffrey says her family has lived off of Dakins Road for decades and that they're no stranger to accidents here.

"My grandfather always said the county is not going to do anything about it until somebody dies and I hope that's not true," she says. "My grandmother was T-boned when she was trying to go to church and her car was totaled and the other car was totaled as well, my aunt's car was hit by a dump truck, both of them were totaled It's been going on a long time."

Caffrey says a petition was even passed around years ago, and that after studying the road VDOT determined that the intersection didn't warrant a light.

"It's infinitely worse now than when the petition was circled a decade ago," she says.

Caffrey says she's hoping the county requests VDOT take another look and that it leads to a light.

County officials say they are looking into whether they've received any recent complaints about this intersection.


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