DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) – More than a dozen people are injured in a bus crash that shuts down Interstate 85. That crash involved two buses. One was carrying mentally challenged adults. It happened near Exit 61 on I-85 in Dinwiddie.
It happened around 8:20 Wednesday morning. Police say a local company called Phoenix-N-Peace was transporting ten intellectually challenged adults from Dinwiddie to Petersburg when the driver tried to change lanes but ended up crashing into a Greyhound bus. Karl Clopton, a passenger on Greyhound, was sleeping - when he was jolted awake.
"All of a sudden we heard a boom - it knocked everybody out of their seats," he said.
Klopton is traveling back home from a family reunion. He says he reinjured his hand during the crash.
"My hand hit the back of the guy's head -- that's why I'm hurting right now. My hand is hurt right now," Klopton said.
35 passengers were on the Greyhound bus. It was traveling from North Carolina to Richmond. 13 people were injured...all were taken to the hospital.
"Many had lacerations -- bumps and bruises -- some back injuries, possibly," said Chief Dennis Hale, Dinwiddie Fire & EMS.
All three lanes on Interstate 85 northbound were shut down for about 2 hours. Drivers used the shoulder of the road until the scene was cleared.
It's also worth noting that the roads were wet at the time of the accident -- there was a heavy downpour in the area, and of course police are encouraging folks to take extra precaution while driving on wet roads.
State police charged the driver of the mini-bus-- 27-year-old Quinnetta L. Williams with reckless driving. They say speed and weather were factors in the crash.