A head-on collision between a car and a shuttle bus carrying tourists back from a visit to Mount Vernon left one of the bus passengers dead in Northern Virginia on the afternoon of June 14, 2016. The deadly crash occurred on the George Washington Parkway near the turnoff to Stratford Lane. A total of 15 people aboard the bus suffered injuries, with three of the survivors being airlifted to hospitals in Washington, DC, for lifesaving emergency treatment.
Police did not release details on why the fatal wreck occurred or whether the bus driver or the person behind the wheel of the car crossed the center line of the parkway. News reports indicate that speed and alcohol use are being investigated as factors that contributed to causing one or both drivers to lose control and leave their designated lane.
The force of the initial crash led the shuttle bus to tip over onto its side. The rollover appears to have inflicted the fatal and critical injuries. Commercial and transit bus passengers are not required to use seatbelts in Virginia. Rolling over would have thrown unbuckled passengers all around the inside the tipping vehicle.
My Virginia wrongful death attorney colleagues and I send our condolences to the friends and family of the deceased victim, who has not yet been publicly identified pending notification of her family in China. We also want to take this opportunity to remind all drivers of the importance of staying in their own lane. Crossing into the path of oncoming traffic becomes too easy when you speed around a curve, get distracted behind the wheel or drive while intoxicated. The consequences of any such negligent or reckless act can often be tragic.