Driver charged with involuntary manslaughter in deadly I-95 bus crash


PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The driver of a commercial bus that crashed on I-95 in Prince George County Tuesday morning, leaving two dead and dozens more injured, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. 

The single-vehicle crash happened just before 5:30 a.m. near Crater Road. 

According to Virginia State Police, the Tao’s Travel Inc. bus overturned on the ramp to exit 45. The bus, carrying a total of 57 people — including the driver — was headed north on I-95 when it attempted to take the exit ramp, and ended up running off the left side of the ramp and overturned.

One person died at the scene, while another person died a few hours later at a nearby hospital, according to state police. The remaining passengers’ injuries range from minor to serious.

State Police announced Tuesday afternoon that the bus driver — 40-year-old Yui Man Chow, of Staten Island, New York — has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. 

A total of 54 people were still being treated at area hospitals Tuesday afternoon.

A Southside Regional Medical Center trauma doctor told 8News that nine passengers were transported to their hospital. 

Additionally, hospital officials confirmed that 14 patients are being treated at Chippenham, 14 at Johnston Willis, 12 at VCU Medical Center, three at John Randolph, one at Swift Creek ET and one at the Tri-Cities ER. 

Authorities have not released the identities of those involved, although VSP confirmed that the two people who died were adults. 

The bus departed from Orlando, Florida. It had stopped in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to switch drivers and was continuing north to its final destination in New York City when the crash occurred, according to state police. 

Family members of bus passengers are able to call the Prince George County Emergency Services Center at 804-733-2659 for information, state police said. A Family Reunification Center is also being established at the Prince George County Central Wellness Center at 11023 Prince George Drive in Disputanta, Va. 23842. 

According to online records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Tao’s Travel Inc. is based out of Middleton, Massachusetts. They received a “satisfactory” safety rating in early 2017.  

Records show the commercial bus company, which has four vehicles and eight drivers, previously had no major crashes. They were last inspected in September. 

State Police couldn’t confirm if the crash was weather-related. Many areas across Central Virginia experienced dense fog and icy roads early Tuesday morning. 

The north exit ramp is closed, VDOT said, and the off-ramp from I-95 north to exit 45 is blocked as emergency crews are still on the scene.

Multiple rescue units from Virginia State Police and Prince George County responded to the crash. A representative with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is also on the scene and NTSB has been notified.

The VSP Motor Carrier Safety Team is helping with the crash investigation.

Stay with 8News for updates on this developing story.


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