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North Carolina Woman Injures Herself, Several Children in Suffolk, VA Bus Crash

A North Carolina woman, age 32, fell asleep at the wheel of a van and crashed head-on into a school bus in Suffolk, Virginia (VA), on a Thursday morning in March 2011, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

Police charged the van driver from Corapeake, North Carolina (NC), with reckless driving. The car crash occurred near the Suffolk, VA border. The van driver was heading west on East Washington Street near Carver Avenue and crossed the center line, colliding with an eastbound bus carrying 25 children to Driver Elementary School.

The woman was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was in fair condition. Eight children, including the woman's 5-year-old and 7-month-old children, riding with her in the van, were taken to Sentara Obici Hospital with injuries. The bus driver also went to the hospital.

This Virginia bus accident is a stark reminder for drivers to pay attention when driving so not only their lives, but the lives of bus passengers, won't be put at risk. Besides death, serious injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries may result from a car accident.

The family and friends of the injured children in this Virginia car wreck may be looking at weeks, or months of recovery for personal injuries. A car crash can be a life-changing tragedy.

To learn more about what to do if you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident, check out our Frequently Asked Questions devoted to the subject.

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