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Downtown GRTC crash sends passengers to hospital

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — A northern Virginia man was charged in connection with a GRTC bus wreck that sent eight people to the hospital Wednesday.

It happened shortly before noon at the intersection of West Broad Street and Brook Road in downtown Richmond.

Investigators said Jeffrey Gums of Alexandria was charged with making an illegal lane change.

Gums, who did not want to be interviewed, told officers he was looking at his GPS when he tried making a quick turn onto Brook and did not see the bus.

People eating lunch at nearby restaurants just feet from the crash saw what happened.

William Wright, the owner of Restaurant 27, watched as rescue workers carried people off the damaged bus.

“I saw the truck out of the corner of my eye and boom it already happened,” Wright said.

The mess was cleared up in less than an hour. Passengers were being treated at nearby hospitals and traffic was soon flowing on Broad once again.

The injured bus passengers are all expected to be OK.

Scroll down for updates as they came into the CBS 6 newsroom.

Scott Wise March 19, 201411:45 am

Reporter Greg McQuade is on scene and will have a live update on the CBS 6 News at Noon.

Scott Wise March 19, 201411:49 am

Two eastbound lanes of West Broad St. are closed at this time.

Scott Wise March 19, 201412:03 pm

The scene has now cleared. Traffic is moving once again.

Scott Wise March 19, 201412:05 pm

Eight people in the bus were taken to the hospital with injuries. The condition of those injured has not been released.

Richmond Fire spokesman Robbie Hagman said the injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

Scott Wise March 19, 201412:14 pm

Here is Greg McQuade’s report from the CBS 6 News at Noon.

Scott Wise March 19, 20141:16 pm

Eight people in the bus were taken to the hospital with injuries. The condition of those injured has not been released.

Richmond Fire spokesman Robbie Hagaman said the injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

Scott Wise March 19, 20143:25 pm

Police charged the driver of the Jeep with making an illegal lane change.

3 comments

  • Latresha Gordon

    Thank God I am alive because I was 1 of the 8 passengers that were injured and transported to the hospital

  • brenda

    The follow up story on this accident is sensationalism at worst and shoddy reporting at best. The jeep did not crash into the bus, the bus hit the jeep in the BACK right quarter, hard enough to spin it 180 degrees. The driver mentioned his GPS to the police officer, but was not looking at it at the time of the accident. He was slowing to read the street sign. He was making a right hand turn at the time. It was his word against the driver of the bus. How convenient for the city of Richmond that the officer decided on the scene to charge the jeep driver with improper lane change. The issuing of the ticket was the only part of the story they got right, and in this country, you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Declining to be interviewed after you have just been hit by a bus and badly shaken up does not make you the bad guy. Neither does being a visitor to the city who has come to town to work and add money into the local economy. I’m ashamed of my hometown.

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