School bus crash in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A close call for a woman and her children Thursday night when an out of control city school bus jumps the median and crashes just outside the family's home.

A tree, in the woman's front yard, stopped the run-away school bus. This happened in the 3000 block of Chamberylayne Avenue, in Richmond's North side around 5 p.m.

The school bus slammed into a tree after what must have been a frightening ride for the woman behind the wheel. Richmond police say the bus driver was leaving Ladies Mile Road, turning onto Chamberlayne when the steering wheel malfunctioned. Shaketa Coles-Davis was leaving home at the same time and looked up and spotted trouble.

"I seen a bus coming across the street so I ran back in the house and told all the kids, 'Get back! Get back!' because she was heading directly for the house. Somehow the bus turned. She hit my car and smashed it completely in," said Coles-Davis.

The run-away bus took out some shrubbery, a tree in the median in the 3000 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, totaled Shaketa's car and then hit a tree. The homeowner also says it damaged an oil pipe connected to her home. So, tonight, the house has no heat.

There were no students on the bus and police say eye witness accounts confirm what the driver says happened. Craig Williams works at an adult home next door to the crash scene.

"It looked like it was trying to make a U-turn. But instead of making a U-turn it came straight across," he said.

The school bus was towed and will be tested and checked out for mechanical malfunctions. Richmond police say there are no issues with the driver. She has a valid license. 

It was a scary time for everyone, but fortunately no one was hurt and police say no charges will be filed against the school bus driver. 

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