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Stafford Sheriff’s Office investigating accident involving a school bus on Brooke Road

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office continues an investigation of a serious accident involving a Stafford County school bus on Brooke Road Friday afternoon.
At 3:27 p.m., first responders were dispatched to an auto accident in the 1300 block of Brooke Road. The initial investigation revealed a blue Volkswagen sedan was traveling northbound on Brooke Road behind school bus #227. The bus had just left Grafton Village Elementary School and had 12 students onboard.
The Volkswagen went into the oncoming lane, across the double yellow lines passing the school bus, and struck a southbound red Dodge SUV nearly head-on. The Volkswagen proceeded to clip the front of the school bus, hit the embankment and overturn. The impact sent the school bus into the embankment and it rolled onto the driver’s side.
A combined effort of the community, deputies, Stafford County Fire and Rescue, and Stafford County Public School personnel worked to assess those involved in the crash, comfort the children, notify parents, transport the injured to the appropriate medical facility and unify the children with their families.
As the Traffic Safety Unit investigated the accident, Traffic Safety Unit Volunteers diverted traffic from the closed roadway.
Two students were transported by rescue squad to the hospital to be checked for their injuries. The drivers of the Volkswagen and Dodge were also transported to the hospital for their injuries. The Sheriff’s Office says none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
The accident is still under investigation by Deputy R.A Weatherholtz. Numerous witnesses were interviewed at the scene, but anyone with additional information is asked to contact Deputy Weatherholtz at 540-658-4400.
Photos courtesy Stafford Sheriff’s Office.

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