Updated: State Police investigating bus crash in Richmond involving college students

bus crashUpdated: Monday, 1:42 p.m. According the bus operator, 37 Virginia Tech students were traveling on the buses that were traveling from Richmond when one was involved in an accident Sunday night.

During the night and into today, the Student Advocacy team at Virginia Tech has been in contact with many of these students and their families.


Virginia Tech students and families affected by this accident should contact the Dean of Students Office at dean.students@vt.edu (mailto:dean.students@vt.eduor 540 231-3787 for assistance.

Students are also welcome to visit the office in 109 East Eggleston Hall; no appointment is needed. Virginia Tech extends its support and assistance to other students, friends, and roommates who may have been affected by this event.


Updated: Monday, 11:18 a.m. Virginia State Police are still investigating Sunday night’s crash of a charter bus in North Chesterfield County.

At this stage of the investigation, the trooper has determined that speed was a factor in the cause of the crash. State police has also been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concerning the crash.


Original Post: Virginia State Police are investigating an overturned bus crash that occurred around 7:15 p.m., November 29 (Sunday) in North Chesterfield County.

Virginia State Police Senior Trooper N.M. Nash is investigating the crash.

A charter bus was traveling south on the Powhite Parkway/Route 76 when it took the ramp to Chippenham Parkway/Route 150 south. As the bus came through the curve of the ramp, the driver lost control and the bus overturned onto its side.

The bus, operated by Abbott Bus Lines of Roanoke, Va., had 50 passengers and a driver on board at the time of the crash.  Approximately 34 of the passengers and the driver were transported to six Metro-Richmond hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. One passenger is being treated for serious injuries.

The passengers are students returning to the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Radford University.  The bus picked the students up at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and was initially headed to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Trooper Nash charged the bus driver, Thomas B. Chidester, 58, of Salem, Va., with reckless driving.

The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team is also on scene to conduct a safety check of the bus and is assisting with the ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash.


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