7 children hospitalized after Prince George school buses crash

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Seven children were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation following an accident involving two Prince George County school buses.

Prince George County Schools’ assistant superintendent says one of the buses ran into the back of another bus just after 8:30 a.m. on Adams Avenue near Sisisky Boulevard.

No other details of how the accident occurred were released.

Fort Lee Fire and Emergency Services responded to the accident with mutual aid support from Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Prince George County.

Fort Lee officials say four children were transported to John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell and three were transported to Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg.

“They had to check my heart and my breathing,” said Jenielie Melendez. Melendez is a 4th grade North Elementary School student. She was on one of the buses at the time of the accident.

A total of 81 elementary school students were reported to be on the buses at the time of the incident. The students were on the way to North and South Elementary Schools.

Prince George School officials say counselors are speaking with students at the school and all parents have been notified.

“First and foremost, we’re very happy that this was not a more serious incident,” said Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general. “We are working very closely with Prince George County to support the families and the school system. Our emergency response professionals here at Fort Lee were immediately at the scene ensuring our children were safe and that the incident was handled properly and expeditiously.”

The accident has been cleared and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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