The Latest: Police say speed was a factor in bus crash

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Posted: Nov 30, 2015 12:01 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest about a bus crash that injured about 36 people, most of them college students returning to school at the close of the holiday weekend. All times local.

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Virginia State Police say speed was a factor in a bus crash that injured about 36 people, most of them college students returning to school at the end of the holiday weekend.

Police also said in a statement Monday that they have contacted the National Transportation Safety Board about the crash.

According to police, one person was seriously injured Sunday night when the charter bus overturned on an exit ramp in North Chesterfield County just south of Richmond. About 34 other passengers and the driver were taken to hospitals to be treated for minor injuries.

Police said the driver, 58-year-old Thomas B. Chidester of Salem, has been charged with reckless driving.

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7:15 a.m.

A charter bus carrying college students to three Virginia campuses overturned, leaving one person seriously injured and 35 others aboard with minor injuries near the close of the holiday weekend.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Associated Press there were no reported fatalities after the bus overturned Sunday evening on an exit ramp of the Powhite Parkway in North Chesterfield County just south of Richmond, the state capital.

State Police said in a statement that the driver lost control on a curve on the ramp and the bus overturned on its side. The bus, operated by Abbott Bus Lines of Roanoke, had 50 passengers and the driver on board when the crash occurred about 7:15 p.m.

Police say the passengers were mainly students picked up in Richmond who were returning to campuses of the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Radford University elsewhere in the state.