Driver charged after hitting school bus

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – A wreck involving a school bus has Chesterfield drivers concerned. Fortunately, no children were hurt in the crash Friday morning at Melba street and Jeff Davis Highway.

Drivers tell NBC 12, the area is notorious for accidents because people aren't paying attention on a very busy road.

Raymond Newcome is just glad no one was killed in the school bus wreck just down the street from his work at Bermuda Self Storage.

"I hope the guy driving the car will be okay and maybe he'll wake up and start paying attention," said Newcome.

Police say 24-year-old Ryan Edwards rear ended the bus while it stopped to make a left turn onto Melba street around 6:30 a.m.

The one child on the bus was not hurt. Newcome says he's seen several wrecks on Jeff Davis Highway. Two years ago, he almost became a victim while waiting on his moped to turn left into work.

If I would have pulled off a split second longer, the truck would have been on top of me, Newcome added.

A car just missed him but rear ended his friend Wayne Holloman who was in a truck behind him.

"I know I had my turn signal on and the guy rammed into my Toyota truck and totaled it," said Holloman.

Neighbor George Haynes would ultimately like to see a traffic light installed at Melba street and Jeff Davis Highway.

"It's a pretty bad intersection," said Haynes. "They come off 288 and don't slow down at all," Haynes noted. "Speeds get up to 60's and you can sit up here at rush hour and never get out."

Newcome and Haynes both agree, either way, people need to pay attention on a dangerous road.

Neighbors mentioned they'd like to see a center lane added,  police said there is no plan for that. For now, they will continue to patrol the area to crack down on speeders.

The driver of the car, 24-year-old Ryan Edwards, was charged with reckless driving.

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