Driver charged in I-64 school bus crash

Published: Apr. 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - State Police ticketed a tractor-trailer driver for following too close in a crash that sent 11 Manchester Middle School students to the hospital.

47-year-old Lynn Auchey of Chesapeake was traveling from Amelia to Norfolk when he was involved in the chain reaction crash, along with the Chesterfield School bus, a GRTC CareVan and another vehicle.

Twelve patients, including eleven Manchester Middle School students, were taken to VCU Medical Center with minor injuries after the crash on I-64 eastbound near the Mechanicsville exit shortly after 9:00 a.m., according to State Police. Ten students have been released, so far.

The injuries to the students were described as mainly cuts and bruises by VCU officials. A driver of a car also suffered minor injuries. GRTC officials say the CareVan had no passengers on-board and the driver was not injured.

The Chesterfield school bus was carrying Manchester Middle School students to the Math Science Innovation Center at the time of the crash. All parents of students involved received a message from the school letting them know of the accident, and that students would return to school, according to school officials. The parents of students requiring additional medical attention received personal calls from the principal.

The right lane of I-64 eastbound was closed for nearly two hours heading toward the Shockoe Valley Bridge, causing major delays. However, traffic was back to flowing normally by noon.

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