Local authorities are investigating two Virginia school bus crashes that occurred less than two hours apart on Tuesday afternoon. The first crash, which occurred at roughly 2 p.m. on April 3, 2012 in Midlothian, injured seven Midlothian High School students and two adults. The driver of an ice cream truck was heading northbound at the 1200 block of Charter Colony Parkway when he swerved to avoid cars that had stopped in front of him and collided head-on with the southbound school bus. The students and the ice cream truck driver were taken to St. Francis Medical Center with minor injuries. The school bus driver was rushed to VCU Medical Center with critical injuries. Local authorities are uncertain whether speed played a factor in the Midlothian school bus crash. The ice cream truck driver will be cited for reckless driving, authorities said.
The second crash of the day occurred at around 3:27 p.m in Henrico County. Seven people in total were injured after a county school bus collided with a pickup truck and trailer at the intersection of Creighton and Dabbs House roads. The bus and pickup truck collided on a narrow part of the road, with part of the school bus ending up in a ditch. Five special needs children on the bus and two occupants of the pickup truck were taken to Bon Secours memorial Regional Medical Center with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. Local authorities in Virginia are investigating both of Tuesday's school bus accidents.