Quantico, VA Commuter Bus Crash, Feb 1981


Quantico, Va. (UPI) -- A commuter bus changing lanes on a bridge on Interstate 95 skidded along the guard rail and hit an abutment then toppled headfirst into Chapawamsic Creek killing 10 people and injuring at least 29 others, a Virginia State Police spokesman said.
The Virginia State Police were at a loss to explain why the southbound bus, owned by D & J Transportation of Fredericksburg, hit the guard rail just after 4 p.m. as it was traveling about 30 miles from Washington on its regular commuter run.
"It was changing lanes from left to right," said Sgt. Paul Reardon, who was driving directly behind the bus. "It looked like he (the driver) never corrected. He just went right on."
"Most of them were asleep when it happened," said Martha Selmly, community relations director at Potomac Hospital where 11 of the injured were taken after the Wednesday afternoon accident in rush hour traffic.
"Several of them said they were asleep and when they woke up, they were in the water," she said.
One man was treated and released while 10 were admitted to the Woodbridge facility, she said. Of those 10, one was in critical condition, two serious, and the rest in fair condition, with mostly lacerations and fractures.
Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, which received the 10 killed in the wreck, admitted one man who was in stable condition with a fractured leg and a collapsed lung.
The other injured women were taken to the Washington Hospital Center's shock-trauma unit where one was reported in very critical condition and the other in critical condition.
A spokeswoman at Mary Washington Hospital identified the dead as:
CARL EARL, of Stafford, the bus driver.
JOSEPH BROWN, of Spotsylvania.
VIRGINIA COX, of Stafford.
RICHARD SAGLE, of Fredericksburg.
DOLORES GARRISON, of Fredericksburg.
MARGARET WILSON, no address given.

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