Southbound Interstate 95 reopened in Stafford County, driver charged

Updated at 10:19 a.m.

Virginia State Police said a 50-year-old New York man has been charged Monday with reckless driving after a bus crash on Interstate 95 southbound in Stafford County. The crash shut down the interstate near Mountain View Road for several hours.

There were no reported fatalities. Police said 58 passengers were aboard the bus around 4 a.m. when it was heading south on the interstate and ran off the road, overturning on its side. Four of the passengers suffered serious injuries, police said. All of the passengers were transported to area hospitals.

The driver of the bus, Qilong Xiao of Flushing, N.Y., refused medical treatment at the scene, police said. Speed was a factor in the crash, according to police.

Qilong Xiao charged in bus crash. (Rappahannock Regional Jail)
Qilong Xiao. (Rappahannock Regional Jail)

The bus, operated by Princess Tours Inc., had left New York Sunday night and was headed to Doraville, Ga.

Updated at 8:22 a.m.

Road officials said Interstate 95 southbound in Stafford County has reopened after an earlier crash involving a bus.

Original post at 5:44 a.m.

Virginia State Police said parts of southbound Interstate 95 in Stafford County are shut down early Monday morning after a bus overturned.

Officials said the shutdown starts on the interstate near Mountain View Road. It was not immediately known what kind of bus overturned, and authorities said they did not know how long the interstate would be shut down.

Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, said in an e-mail that the crash involved a commercial passenger bus with at least 50 people on board. At least four people suffered serious injuries and had been taken to area hospitals, she said. There were no reported fatalities at this time.

School buses were being used to transport passengers on the bus.

Drivers were warned to avoid the area and be prepared for “significant traffic delays,” police said.

The crash happened around 4 a.m., police said.

Another crash on Interstate 95 southbound at Lorton Road involved a jack-knifed tractor trailer. The right lane on the interstate in that area was blocked at 5 a.m., and police said it was not immediately clear how long that would continue. Police did not have an immediate update on the condition of those involved.

The crashes came as a snowstorm hit the D.C. region, dropping substantial snow ranging from three to seven inches in parts overnight. Police and road crews reported fender benders and broken down cars throughout the area as road conditions remained slippery, and few roads – even major highways – had been plowed in the early morning hours.

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