Student critically injured in Chesterfield bus crash upgraded to stable condition

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A student that was critically injured after a charter bus flipped on the Powhite Parkway on Sunday has been upgraded to stable condition.

Chesterfield Fire officials say the student is expected to make a full recovery.

That student was one of 34 hurt after the Abbott Trailways bus overturned on the Powhite Parkway while taking the ramp to Chippenham Parkway south.

“As the bus came through the curve of the ramp, the driver lost control and the bus overturned onto its side,” Virginia State Police said in a press release.

The bus, operated by Abbott Bus Lines of Roanoke, had 50 people on board, including two drivers. Police say the passengers were mainly students picked up in Richmond who were returning to campuses of Virginia Tech and Radford University.

There were several injuries, mostly bumps, bruises and cuts. There were no fatalities. The injured were transported to five area hospitals, including VCU Medical Center, Chippenham, Johnston-Willis, St. Mary’s, Henrico Doctor’s Hospital Forrest Hill Campus and Southside Regional Hospital.

The bus driver, 58-year-old Thomas Chidester, was charged with reckless driving.

In May 2015, the same bus line was carrying a minor league baseball team, the Carolina Mudcats, when the bus overturned. Though no one was seriously hurt, the team was shaken up so much that their game the next day was canceled.

State police are working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the crash.

Stay with 8News for continuing coverage of this developing story.

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