HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A person was killed and two people were hospitalized following a crash on I-64 east involving a GRTC CARE van in Short Pump Tuesday.
According to Virginia State Police, authorities responded to the crash at 6:10 p.m. The investigation so far shows that a black Chevrolet Silverado was merging onto I-64 east from Broad Street and struck a white Ford E450 bus.
GRTC confirmed to 8News that the van involved was a CARE van. The bus ran off the road and the Silverado struck a tractor trailer that was in the center lane and overturned, VSP said.
Inside the van was one CARE passenger and the driver.
The bus driver, a 53-year-old Richmond woman, and the Silverado driver, a 51-year-old New Kent man, were taken to the hospital for non life threatening injuries. The passenger of the bus was also treated for injuries at the hospital but later died.
VSP has identified the passenger as Doris Hughes, a 68-year-old from Richmond.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I can confirm the death of a CARE passenger after this terrible accident. Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of our deceased passenger, and we pray for our CARE driver recovering,” Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm said in a statement.
GRTC said they will be working with State Police on their investigation.
“It is possible our onboard cameras may provide crucial information into the chain reaction accident,” Timm added.
GRTC’s CARE buses can accommodate people with mobility issues. Though the exact circumstances of the crash remain unknown, GRTC Spokesperson Carrie Rose Pace explains how passengers are secured.
“If the passenger were in a mobility device, including a wheelchair or other, perhaps motorized scooter, they would have been buckled into the vehicle where any wheels on the mobility device would have been secured to the bottom floor of the vehicle. If they were just using the regular seats that are bolted down anyway into the caravan, then they would have use the seat buckle like you might in your average vehicle,” Pace told 8News.
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