Williamsburg Accident: According to a news release from state police on Friday, three people—two men and one woman—died in an accident involving a tractor-trailer and a passenger bus carrying more than 20 people on Interstate 64 in Virginia. The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched 10 investigators to undertake a safety investigation with state police following the crash just after 1:30 a.m. near Williamsburg. The agency tweeted late Friday afternoon.
According to state police, the “vehicles collided” after the “passenger bus merged into the tractor trailer’s route” while both vehicles were moving eastbound toward Norfolk. According to state police, three of the 23 bus passengers died immediately. For non-life-threatening injuries, the driver and the remaining passengers were sent to nearby hospitals.
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State police said that the bus passengers were using no seatbelts. With non-life-threatening wounds, the tractor-trailer driver was also taken to a hospital. According to state police, they are collaborating with the local medical examiner’s office to identify the deceased and contact their families. In agreement with the York County district attorney’s office, state police added that “charges are pending.”
The NTSB‘s involvement is unusual for an organization known for looking into domestic helicopter and aviation mishaps. However, the organization will occasionally investigate collisions unrelated to aviation. In an email, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss explained that the organization’s Office of Highway Safety looks into crashes that significantly impact national safety, result in the loss of many lives, or are of great interest due to new technologies or their conditions.
According to Weiss, the office dispatched “go-teams” to eight significant crashes around the country last year. The investigator-in-charge, project manager, and a multidisciplinary team with experts in highway factors, motor carrier factors, survival factors, vehicle factors, and accident reconstruction make up this particular go-team, according to Weiss. Experts from our family aid division are also present.