HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The four students involved in a school bus crash Wednesday are expected to be OK. They were taken to VCU Medical Center with reported neck and back pain after a car crashed into the back of the bus they were riding.
Loretta Fleming got a call every mother dreads Wednesday afternoon.
"He said mom, I hit a bus or was in an accident, my car blew up," said Fleming.
Her son, Antoine Fleming, 45, had just been in a major accident.
"When I saw the scene you know being a mother, you think the worst or something's really wrong with him," said Fleming.
"I'm depressed about my father that he got hurt in the car," said Antoine's daughter, Nakisha. "I hope he gets better."
Wednesday night, Antoine was doing fine. But looking at what's left of his vehicle, you wouldn't think so. His family says he was on his way home from work when, according to police, he rear-ended a Richmond school bus that was stopped at a traffic light on Meadowbridge Road in Henrico. His vehicle became stuck underneath the back of the school bus and burst into flames. Five of the six people on the bus were injured, four of them students. The Richmond school bus was taking the kids home from Dooley School around 3:30 p.m. The teenaged students have special needs, including physical disabilities, academic issues, or behavioral problems. They were taken to VCU Medical Center, along with the bus driver. Their parents were notified right away.
"Everything we do is for the safety of our students so this one brought out a little extra awareness for us today," said Tommy Kranz of Richmond Public Schools.
Fleming is now charged with reckless driving. He was taken to Memorial Regional hospital but is expected to be ok.
"I could have lost my son maybe through all of this but thank god you can replace a vehicle but you can't replace your child's life," said Fleming.