Van carrying 18 children involved in Loudoun crash

Loudoun Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a car accident occurred Tuesday evening when a passenger van carrying 18 children rear-ended another vehicle near the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and Waxpool Road, according to authorities.

Eleven children were transported to the Lansdowne Campus of INOVA Loudoun Hospital with minor injuries, and were later released, authorities said. Troxell said the children in the van ranged in age from seven to 12.

The van was owned by Fitwize 4 Kids in Sterling and the children were participating in an outing associated with the fitness center, according to Kraig Troxell, Loudoun Sheriff’s spokesman.

Troxell said that the van’s driver, Joyce Dick, was apparently frustrated after she felt she was cut off by an Acura RSX in a left- turn lane. When the Acura stopped at the intersection, the van struck the car at a relatively low speed, he said.

Dick was charged with reckless driving, and Troxell said that additional charges are possible as authorities continue to investigate whether there were too many children in the van.

“There may not have been enough seats for all the passengers that were in the vehicle,” Troxell said.

Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.

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