Driver charged after 3 school buses crash in Chester

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield officials are trying to figure out what happened to cause an accident involving three school buses at West Hundred and Bermuda Triangle roads in Chester Wednesday.

Police Thursday charged one of the drivers, Robert Mondziel, 69, of Richmond, with following too closely.

According to police, Mondziel was driving the third bus in a line of three.  When the first bus had to stop for congested traffic, the two trailing buses had to stop abruptly.  Mondziel was too close to the second bus and unable to stop in time and collided with the second bus.  The second bus was pushed into the first bus.

The accident happened at 3:15 this afternoon. Three school buses were involved in what is being described as a chain rear-end collision. In all, 120 students from Elisabeth Davis Middle School were on those school buses. Right now it's unclear what or who caused the accident. There were no major injuries.

"We had about 15 students that were complaining of some type of injury; mostly minor aches and pains of that nature. We transported 4 of them to local hospitals; either John Randolph, Chippenham, or VCU Medical Center," said Lt. Jason Elmore with the Chesterfield Fire Department.

Now Chesterfield County Schools did send out additional buses to transport the uninjured students home. A school spokesman says parents were notified of the accident and an investigation is now underway to determine the exact cause of the collision. 

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