RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Dozens of patients are still being treated at various Central Virginia hospitals after Tuesday’s fatal bus crash in Prince George.
VCU Medical Center says it’s treating a total of nine patients with injuries ranging from stable to serious. Three people have been discharged since Tuesday, the hospital said.
Southside Regional Medical Center said Tuesday it was treating nine patients and HCA Virginia facilities reported treating 33.
The American Red Cross Central Virginia said it continues to work behind the scenes to support these passengers and their families.
The Red Cross tells 8News the bus company, Tao’s Travel Inc., is helping to get passengers to their final destinations.
“[Passengers] were shell shocked,” said Red Cross Central Virginia Communications Director, Jonathan McNamara.
Now — Red Cross volunteers are also assisting patients as they get discharged from area hospitals.
“To be an advocate to let them know what that process is to help them get back home, assessing their immediate needs, and offering the full range of services that were offered yesterday at the reunification center,” McNamara said.
The Red Cross explains a big part of what volunteers train for — is the psychological first-aid needed after trauma.
“At the very least, help them to take a deep breath for the first time,” McNamara said.
The Red Cross is working to fill all types of needs — as some passengers may have lost personal items, too.
“If they’ve lost eyeglasses, or medications, or other comfort items — we can provide them,” McNamara said.
“We’re also able to provide comfort kits.”
Always ready for the call — the Red Cross Central Virginia says ‘thank you’ to all who pitch-in after a tragedy.
“It’s your donations in the past to the American Red Cross that allowed us to — as soon as we got the call — to hit the ground running,” McNamara said.
“To make sure that our volunteer teams, whether they were here in the Richmond area or down in Prince George, were there in a moment’s notice.”