2 school buses crash at Fort Lee

Posted at 9:07 AM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 18:15:20-04

FORT LEE, Va. -- An accident involving two school buses was reported at Fort Lee, an Army post near Petersburg, on Thursday morning.

Initial reports indicated there were 81 elementary school students on-board the two school buses involved in the crash and emergency crews believed 21 would need to be transported. Paramedics quickly determined that number could be reduced.

"Seven children were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation," a Fort Lee spokesperson said.

The accident was reported at about 8:33 a.m. on Adams Ave. near Sisisky Blvd.

"First and foremost, we're very happy that this was not a more serious incident," Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, said. "We are working very closely with Prince George County to support the families and the school system. Our emergency response professionals here at Fort Lee were immediately at the scene ensuring our children were safe and that the incident was handled properly and expeditiously."

Two of the students were discharged within two hours.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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