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Commuter bus overturns on I-95 near Lorton, at least one dead

In this photo from Virginia State Police, officers investigate the scene of a bus accident on Interstate 95 early Sunday in Fairfax County. The shuttle bus struck a guardrail and overturned. (AP/AP)

One man was killed early Sunday morning when a 16-passenger shuttle bus returning from birthday festivities in the District overturned on Interstate 95 near Lorton.

Virginia State Police said the crash occurred near exit 163 around 3:28 Sunday morning, after a white Acura sedan, traveling “at an extreme high rate of speed,” swerved in front of an America Transportation shuttle bus. Police said the shuttle bus and the white Acura then collided, which caused the bus driver to lose control of his vehicle. The bus then ran off the road, struck a guardrail and overturned. The Acura left the scene, police said.

The bus passengers were all Prince William county residents in their early 20s, police said, who had been in the District celebrating a birthday party. Nine of them were thrown from the bus during the crash, police said. All 16 passengers and the driver were taken to area hospitals for examination. Two of the passengers were seriously injured and flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital; one of them, who police identified as David Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, later died.

The crash remains under investigation, police said. With the help of witnesses, police tracked the white Acura to a residence in Dumfries, where police arrested Raphael Manuel Barrientos. Barrientos, 31, was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run.

The incident closed southbound lanes of Interstate 95 for part of the morning. By 5:30 a.m. two southbound lanes were open and all lanes were open by 8 a.m.

Raphael Manuel Barrientos (Fairfax County Sheriff's Office)

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T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.



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