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Deer strikes Richmond school bus sending 12 students to hospital


A deer struck a Richmond City School bus carrying students to class Thursday morning, sending 12 middle school students to area hospitals.

The accident occurred around 7 a.m. in the 6700 block of Forest Hill Ave. near the intersection of Windsorview Drive.

Fifty Thompson Middle School students were on board the bus at the time of the crash. Twelve were taken to area hospitals for observation after complaining of headaches. The rest were transferred to another bus and taken to school.

"There were two ambulances here, a couple cars stopped here," says Nestor Davila, who lives near where the accident happened.  He didn't see the bus crash but saw several ambulance and police cars blocking the street.

The bus driver told a Richmond public school's spokesperson she was driving down the road when she actually saw the deer and maneuvered the bus so the deer slammed into its side.

Windows in the front of the bus shattered, scattering glass across the road.  A school spokesperson says the driver's quick thinking prevented any serious injuries from happening.

Even after rush hour, car after car zooms by on Forest Hill Avenue.  Davila says cops do their best to keep the speed down, but accidents happen frequently. It's also not uncommon to see dead deer on the busy road.

"I have seen several dead deer on this road but it's usually at night, not first thing in the morning," he said.

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