WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — When a tractor-trailer struck the back of a bus carrying more than 20 people last month in Virginia, the bus’s cabin was destroyed and several passengers disembarked, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The association said in a statement. Bulletin Tuesday.
Three of the 23 passengers on the bus died from their injuries, while the remaining passengers, along with the two drivers, survived with various injuries, officials said.
Advertised as a “party bus,” the bus had limousine-style bench seats around it, and when the accident occurred early on December 16, it veered east on Interstate 64 near Williamsburg. They were carrying oncoming passengers. NTSB Preliminary Report.
A Freightliner Cascadia Truck tractor reportedly approached the bus at high speed in the far right lane and struck the rear of the bus.
Images of the vehicle released in the NTSB report showed “catastrophic” damage to the body of the bus and damage to the front of the tractor trailer. The report said the crash was under investigation while investigators were trying to determine a possible cause.
Virginia Police say drinking and speeding contributed to the accident. A state police investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. Eugene R. Desaulniers said in an email on Tuesday:
The party bus was modified and the driver told police it could not go faster than 40 mph (65 km/h), according to court documents, WAVY-TV reportThe bus driver told investigators he saw a truck approaching very quickly in his mirrors and began changing lanes when the bus collided.
According to court documents, the truck driver told investigators he boarded the bus but could not see the taillights.