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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- More than 30 students were taken to the hospital to be checked out after their school bus overturned Thursday morning along the 25000 block of Ferndale Road in Dinwiddie County.

"The driver of the bus is being transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment," a Virginia State Police spokeswoman said. "Only one [student] has complained of injury, but all are being transported to the hospital to be checked as a precautionary measure."

The students' injuries all appeared to be minor, according to Dinwiddie Fire and EMS Chief Dennis Hale.

The bus driver was initially stuck on the bus and had to be helped out, according to witnesses. By the time emergency crews arrived, the driver was already out of the bus, Hale said.

Khadijah Holland, who said she was one of the first people at the scene of the crash and helped some children out to safety, said the bus driver appeared to be injured.

She said the Sutherland Elementary School students seemed more frantic and scared than seriously hurt.

She said the roads were not icy and she was not sure what caused the crash.

"I don't know how the accident happened," she said. "There was no ice anywhere."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Dinwiddie Schools reopened for the first time since Thursday after weekend snow closed schools across Central Virginia.

"Please be safe as there may still be snow and ice in places and at the bus stop," the school system warned on its website.

Mutual aid was requested from Chesterfield County Fire and EMS and VCU Medical Center was prepared to receive multiple patients as a result of the school bus accident. Some of the injured were taken to Southside Regional Medical Center and other area hospitals.

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