VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Several sixth grade students are recovering after a car collided with their school bus on Tuesday.
It happened around 3:40 p.m. at the intersection of Jericho Road and N. Witchduck Road.
“The car was demolished, it was hurt, and of course the damage on the bus was pretty significant,” said Mark Adams.
Adams lives right by the scene and was making sandwiches as he saw a line of buses traveling from Bayside Sixth Grade Campus on Jericho Road.
Adams said a white car traveling on North Witchduck crashed into the side of one of the buses.
“The bus flattened the whole side just like a tin can…and the windshield was pushed all the way back.”
According to school officials, 29 students were on the bus. Five of them, along with the bus driver, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
“All the kids were screaming out the bus window,” said Lisa Hallak, who heard the crash and called 911. “It was just chaos.”
Bruce Nedelka, Division Chief with the Virginia Beach EMS team, stated that two people inside the car were seriously hurt, but their injuries are considered non life-threatening.
Witnesses told 10 On Your Side the driver and passenger were both elderly women.
“The [car] driver, she was very disoriented, I’m sure from the crash,” Hallak said. “It was really sad.”
Eileen Cox with Virginia Beach Public Schools said an AlertNow phone message was sent out to parents of students who were on the bus.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and whether anyone should face charges.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.