LUNENBURG COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities are investigating a crash involving a school bus and a dump truck in Lunenburg County on Tuesday afternoon.
Virginia State Police responded to the scene, located at Route 40 and Fletcher Chapel Road, at 3:25 p.m.
According to State Police, the crash occurred after a Kenston Forest School bus, traveling southbound on Route 40, slowed down to make a left turn onto Fletcher Chapel Road. A truck hit the bus from behind after the driver of the truck failed to stop in time.
This impact caused the bus to spin around and then overturn onto its side.
According to Virginia State Police, 13 “elementary school-aged students” were on board at the time of the crash.
VSP said five children with minor injuries were taken to VCU Health Community Hospital in South Hill. As a precautionary measure, the bus driver was also taken to the hospital. The first release from State Police stated six children were hurt and one had serious injuries but according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, that was based on “preliminary information.”
The truck’s driver, identified as 38-year old John R. Grizzard, was charged with failure to maintain control of the vehicle. Grizzard, who was transporting a dumpster at the time, was not injured in the crash.
Headmaster Paul Zanowksi told 8News Wednesday afternoon that five of the students and bus driver were treated and released from the hospital Tuesday night, and one student remains hospitalized, “undergoing further testing and treatment.”
Kanowksi shared a letter to 8News he sent to parents Tuesday night informing them about what occurred and the latest conditions of the students and bus driver.
Photos sent by an 8News viewer show several people, some children, near the overturned bus. Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.