Driver Charged With Reckless Driving After Bus Carrying 58 Passengers Crashes

By Peter DePaolis

According to, the driver of a Princess Tours bus lost control on Interstate 95 between Stafford and Fredericksburg, sending the bus careening off the highway and flipping it on its side. Passengers say the bus was traveling at 60 mph or more when the crash occurred.

“Due to road conditions, we’re looking at speed as the main factor in this crash,” a Virginia State Police officer told WJLA.

The bus and its 50-year-old driver are now the focus of a state police investigation.

“I’m just happy I’m alive,” remarked one passenger in the bus accident, who was one of the 56 people on the Georgia-bound bus that had left New York City on March 16.

Authorities say dozens were injured in the bus accident. Some passengers had broken bones, cuts and bruises. The injured were transported to four local hospitals.

The Virginia Department of Transportation records show Princess Tours, based in Indianapolis, has been cited three times for speeding since November 2012. The 50-year-old bus driver is being detained at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, and faces reckless driving charges.

What Should You Do After a Bus Accident? Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help!

If you were involved in a bus accident like this, you will want to contact a Maryland injury attorney as soon as possible so an investigation into your case can begin immediately.

Bus accident law involves federal, state and local laws. Regulations deal with commercial drivers, bus compliance and standards, and bus company liability and traffic laws. Officials investigating this bus accident will look for evidence that may have contributed to the crash, such as:

  • Driver error
  • Dangerous roadways
  • Weather conditions
  • Defects in equipment
  • Improper vehicle maintenance

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bus accident, contact an attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. today for a consultation on how to develop your case.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.