Hospitals treat dozens of injured bus passengers

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond area hospitals sprung into mass casualty mode early this morning, as dozens of passengers needed emergency care following the bus crash in Caroline County near Doswell.

On one hand, about half of the 54 injured people have already been released from a variety of Richmond area hospitals. But there are others who remain in critical condition.

Downtown, at the area's only level one trauma center, the ambulance teams arrived so frequently. It was fair to ask if there would be enough space? But that question was already answered.

From the accident, 54 people were hurt, and they were scattered across 10 hospitals, from Fredericksburg, to Richmond, and the Tri-Cities.

Some were listed in critical condition with head and spine injuries. Others had just minor bumps and bruises.

At VCU Medical Center, doctors treated 12 passengers, ranging in age from 77, to the very young.

"Of those patients, two are children. And they're doing very, very good. They're both boys, I'm told they're in great condition," said Malorie Burkett, spokesperson for VCU Medical Center.

By late afternoon many others were doing just as well. They were released from hospitals including Memorial Regional Medical Center, and Richmond Community Hospital.

What we don't know are the names of the four women who died or where they were from. Virginia State Police are working to find the next of kin.

What we do know is the only person on the bus not hospitalized was the driver.

We're told the driver had only minor scrapes. The people here at VCU, all 12 of them, are said to be in good, stable condition.

The American Red Cross is stepping in to help the stranded passengers. That help may include a downtown hotel room, meal money, or a calling card.

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