16 students taken to hospital after school bus crash

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A total of 16 students were taken to a local hospital for medical attention after a school bus and vehicle collided, Thursday morning.

Just before 9 a.m., Suffolk police and Suffolk Fire & Rescue responded to the crash in the northbound lane of Godwin Boulevard (Route 10), at the intersection with Pembroke Lane. That’s near Oakland Elementary School.

Police spokeswoman Diana Klink said the bus driver stopped to make a right turn, and the driver of a 1995 Ford Mustang crashed into the back of the bus.

At the time of the crash, the bus was transporting 30 students. According to officials, the students and drivers received emergency medical assessment by Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel and none had visible injuries.

However, nine students were ground transported to Sentara Obici Hospital for medical attention, and an additional seven students were taken to the hospital via private vehicles. Klink said all were treated and released from the hospital by about noon.

The principal escorted the remaining students into the school.

Klink said the Ford driver, Avidd Owens of Suffolk, was charged with following too closely.

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