School bus carrying 32 elementary students overturns in Dinwiddie

Credit: WRIC 8News

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A school bus carrying more than 30 students overturned Thursday morning in Dinwiddie County.

The crash happened in the 25000 block of Ferndale Road near River Road.

There were 32 Sutherland Elementary School students on the bus, an update to earlier reports from Virginia State Police (VSP) that said 23 were on board.

Image Credit: Evanne Armour/WRIC 8News
Image Credit: Evanne Armour/WRIC 8News

“Only one student complained of an injury, but all are being transported to the hospital to be checked as a precautionary measure,” state police said. “The bus driver, an adult male, was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.”

The driver, Linda Moss, has been charged with reckless driving. WAVY sister station WRIC has learned she was also behind the wheel when 14 students were injured in a school bus crash in 2013. She was charged with reckless driving for the 2013 incident, but was eventually found not guilty.

According to Edward Tucker, the Director of Transportation for Dinwiddie County Public Schools, Moss has been employed with the school system since 2011 and will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

Ten people — the driver and nine students — were taken to VCU Medical Center. Seven other students were taken to Chippenham Hospital, four to Southside Regional Medical Center, eight to John Randolph Medical Center and four to Johnston-Willis Hospital.

“They were visibly upset. They’re young and of course we had some medics comforting them and police officers comforting them,” said Dennis Hale, Chief of Fire and EMS Dinwiddie. “We had moved about 20 kids inside just to get them away from what’s going on. They’re upset but to be really honest with you, they did really well.”

An alert call was sent out to parents at Sutherland Elementary following the crash.

According to VSP, the bus was traveling south on Ferndale Road when it ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment of snow, crossed over Pinecroft Road and overturned onto its side in the ditch.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.