School bus driver falls ill during I-95 commute with kids onboard

Press release from Virginia State Police

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - At 8:22 a.m. Thursday morning, Virginia State Police were called to a medical emergency involving a school bus driver on Interstate 95.

The driver had been traveling northbound on I-95 when she began feeling ill. She called her supervisor with the City of Franklin school system to alert him of her situation. She then safely pulled over onto the shoulder at the 46 mile marker and shortly thereafter became unresponsive.

One of the students on the bus used the driver's cell phone to reach the supervisor and make him aware of what had happened to the driver.

The driver was transported by ambulance to Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg.

The bus was a City of Franklin school bus en-route to the Appomattox Governor's School. There were approximately 15 students on board. None was injured. All were transported to the school via a Petersburg school bus.