RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A two-vehicle crash involving a Richmond school bus is causing delays on Interstate-64 near mile marker 192 in Mechanicsville. Virginia State Police told 8News wet roads may have led to the incident.
According to VDOT, the west left shoulder, left lane and center lanes are closed. The right lane has since reopened. Traffic is being diverted off at exit 192. Drivers should expect delays.
Virginia State Police told 8News troopers were called to westbound I-64 near mile marker 192 for a two-vehicle crash about 4 p.m. According to troopers, a Lexus SUV was traveling westbound in the left lane and started to hydroplane as a result of the rain., losing control in the vehicle in the process.
At the same time, the Richmond school bus, also traveling in the left lane, tried to avoid striking the SUV. As a result, the bus swerved slightly to the left and hit the jersey wall. VSP add the bus struck the SUV in the rear.
No children were on the bus at the time of the crash.
Two women, the bus driver and a passenger on the bus, suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Lexus was unharmed, VSP added.
Wet roads are a ‘considerable factor’ in relation to the crash, according to VSP.
Charges may be forthcoming.
The crash was a reminder to Paul Goode to slow down on the roadways during inclement weather.
“You never know what’s going to happen or what people are going to do so you try to give them a wide birth and keep your distance,” he said. “I just try to stay back away from others, just in case they have to slam on their breaks or something like that I have plenty of reaction time.”
And he’s not the only one. Karen Loewen told 8News she gets concerned because she wants to ensure her family is safe on the road during rainfall.
“The visibility is just not as ideal but I guess I always that people aren’t just paying attention,” Loewen said. ” “Definitely want to slow down, just build extra time in for my commute so I’m not putting myself in an unsafe situation, and then I’m definitely just like putting the phone away because I don’t want to have even just the hint of distraction.”
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