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Four dead in bus crash on I-95; driver charged

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CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - A tour bus crash on Interstate 95 North near the Carmel Church exit has left at least four people dead and dozens injured.

Virginia State Police said that a commercial tour bus carrying 58 people overturned about a quarter mile south of the Carmel Church exit. The bus went off right side of the road and driver overcorrected, causing it to overturn, authorities said. The accident happened near mile marker 104 shortly before 5 a.m. in Caroline County.

Based on the investigation, the cause of the crash is driver fatigue. The driver of the bus, Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, N.Y., suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Cheung has been charged with reckless driving and is being held on a $3,000 bond at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County.

State police said that the bus was a Sky Express Bus and it was headed to New York City in Chinatown. The bus left Greensboro, N.C., Monday night at 10:30 p.m. Sky Express Bus is located in Charlotte, N.C. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a Go-Team to investigate the crash.

The bus was scheduled to leave at 9:30 p.m. Monday, but left the Greensboro station late.

NBC12 has learned that Sky Bus Express has cancelled all of its services out of Charlotte for Tuesday night.

Authorities delayed that announcement to allow for contact with next of kin for the four killed in the crash.

Authorities said there were 58 people on the bus and they are not sure how many injured. Many were taken to at least seven area hospitals in Fredericksburg and Richmond. The driver suffered minor injuries.

All travel lanes of northbound Interstate 95 were re-opened at mile marker 103 in Caroline County by noon. Cable guardrail on I-95 was damaged in the crash over a distance of one-tenth of a mile, and will be replaced. 

The federal government offers an online database where you can research a bus company before buying a ticket.

The Department of Transportation also unveiled a "Think Safety: Every Trip, Every Time" pre-trip safety checklist that helps consumers review a bus company's safety record, safety rating and USDOT operating authority before buying a ticket or hiring a bus company for group travel.

The checklist is available online at FMCSA's Passenger Bus Safety web site. FMCSA encourages consumers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA's consumer complaint web site.

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