Driver of SUV dies after crashing into school bus in Chesapeake

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:45 AM

Update 10/31:  Keith Clark said his nephew remains in the hospital Thursday.  He said the boy's head is swollen and he is still having headaches. 

Update 6:30 p.m.:  Police have identified the driver of the SUV as 67-year-old Raymond Balser Jr. of Elkton, Virginia. 

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.  Police continue to investigate. 

CHESAPEAKE -- The driver of an SUV has died after crashing into a school bus in Chesapeake, police said Wednesday.  

Police spokesperson Leo Kosinski says the accident happened on Peppercorn Dr. and Taylor Rd. around 2:30 p.m.

Kosinski says a Honda SUV was traveling eastbound on Taylor Road when it crashed into the driver's side of the school bus as it was turning onto Taylor Road. 

Kosinski says the driver of the SUV died on impact.

School officials say 25 third through fifth-graders traveling from Western Branch Intermediate were on the bus. The bus number is 153.

Neil Eason was on the bus and says he saw the SUV speeding.

"The next thing you know he loses control and hits the bus and the next think I know the is shaking and I hit my head," Eason said.

Jacob Flippo was at Maryview Hospital and says he's trying to fight back tears.  His son is being transferred to Portsmouth Naval Hospital because he has 'blood on his brain."

Officials say several students were being taken to the hospital for evaluation, but none seem to have serious injuries.

Norfolk General Hospital spokesman Dale Gauding says they saw seven kids whose injuries were mainly bumps and bruises.  Gauding said all were discharged by 6 p.m. 

Gauding says five kids were driven to Sentara Bellharbour in Suffolk but were treated and released. 

At least six children were taken to Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth.  The extent of their injuries have not been released.   

Keith Clark says his nephew is at Maryview and is undergoing a tests for his injuries. 

Chesapeake General says four kids were brought to their hospital with scrapes and bruises.  All are expected to be released soon.

Witnesses tell police the SUV was speeding and may have ran a stop sign.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue assisted the Chesapeake Fire Department and provided mutual aid following the fatal accident.

Engine 5 and the Mass Casualty Transport bus arrived on scene and  transported seven students for treatment, as well as five parents that had arrived on the scene, to the hospital. 

Two members of Suffolk Fire and Rescue and two members of the Chesapeake Fire Department accompanied the children as they were transported to the hospital. 

 

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