Virginia State Police are blaming heavy fog and icy road conditions as the cause of a crash between a commercial bus and a tractor-trailer on a Virginia highway early Sunday morning.
Virginia State Police say a tractor-trailer carrying U.S. mail was traveling east on I-64 when the driver lost control and overturned. A Silver Linings Tours bus carrying 20 passengers traveling in the eastbound lane was hit by the truck. The impact of the crash split the tractor-trailer in half.
The crash happened around 4:30 a.m., and Interstate 64 was shut down in both directions. Dozens of crews responded to the scene. According to Virginia State Police, 19 patients were transported to area hospitals. Police say that injuries ranged from serious to minor.
The tractor-trailer driver, James Proffitt, 44, of Suffolk, Virginia, was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. The bus driver, Andrew L. Burruss, 62, of Keswick, Virginia, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Plz continue to use caution while traveling over/near #Afton & #BlueRidge Mountains today. Fog & icy conditions were to blame in this AM’s crash on I64 in #NelsonCounty involving a tractor-trailer & chartered bus. 19 injured. #SlowSpeed for conditions. #BuckleUp #ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/0OEXKARTVm
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) November 17, 2019