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Chinatown-Bound Tour Bus Crashes in Virginia; 4 Killed

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Early this morning, a Chinatown-bound tour bus crashed on I-95 in Virginia, killing four passengers and injuring many others. A Virginia State Police spokesman said the Sky Express Inc. bus was on its way from Greensboro, North Carolina when it veered off the highway, hit an embankment and flipped over. 58 people were on board.

According to the Associated Press, driver fatigue is suspected as the cause of the crash. The AP adds:

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center has 10 people in stable condition, but no details were released about the extent of their injuries. VCU spokeswoman Anne Buckley says the hospital expects more patients to be transferred there from other hospitals. Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg treated eight patients, whose injuries ranged from critical to minor. Spokeswoman Deborah Morris says one has been released. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center officials said in a release that it treated eight people for minor injuries.

On March 12, a devastating casino bus crash took place in Connecticut, killing 15 people, many of them Chinatown residents. The crash focused new attention on the safety of so-called “Chinatown buses.”

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