WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reston Limousine expressed relief today that no one was seriously hurt in a morning traffic accident that involved one of its minibuses transporting schoolchildren.
All schoolchildren passengers aboard the chartered minibus and its driver have been released from the hospital with no major injuries, said Tony Simon, COO of Reston Limousine, in an interview with LCT. Authorities have determined that the Reston driver is not at fault in the chain reaction crash among two vehicles, Simon said. The accident occurred about 7:45 a.m. Monday in the 4100 block of Nebraska Ave. The minibus was carrying children from the Friendship Heights Metro station to The Field School in Northwest Washington, D.C.
“There’s more sensationalism that’s occurring here,” Simon said. “We want to get the word out that everybody on the bus is O.K. Everyone has been released. The driver (age 51) has always had a limp, but does not have a broken ankle,” Simon said, in response to Washington, D.C. area media reports.
“We are very thankful that no one in our bus has any lasting injuries, but we are concerned about other drivers and their conditions,” he added.
The accident happened when an eastbound vehicle swerved into the path of the westbound minibus, causing the bus driver to swerve and hit another vehicle, Simon said. The impact reportedly forced one teenager to fall out of a window of the 2008 Chevrolet 5500 Starcraft bus, which can carry up to 35 passengers. About 18 pupils were aboard the bus.
The bus already was getting repaired in a local body repair shop when Simon spoke to LCT. It sustained front-end and steering damage in the crash but can be fixed, Simon said.
“This eventually happens to all companies. We feel blessed to have managed through this.”
Reston Limousine, one of the three largest chauffeured transportation providers in the D.C. region, runs 116 shuttles and mini-buses in a fleet of 171 chauffeured vehicles, according to the 2012 LCT 100 Largest Fleets List.
— Martin Romjue, LCT editor
WTOP-TV/Associated Press report here.