11 injured as bus strikes 4 vehicles and utility pole


An Alexandria bus driver was charged with reckless driving after she struck four vehicles and a utility pole, which fell on the bus, injuring 11 people.

The crash involving a bus belonging to the Alexandria Transit Company occurred at around 12:30 p.m. Friday at Janney’s Lane near Kingston Avenue in Alexandria. According to police, Donna Jackson, 40, of District Heights, Md., ran a red light, colliding with a Ford Expedition, which spun and hit an Audi. Jackson was taken to Alexandria Hospital where she was reported to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Police investigators said the bus crossed the double-solid line and hit Carl Bates’ GMC pickup head-on. The bus also hit a stone wall and two utility poles, knocking out power to nearby residents.  Bates, 75, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash. Ten others were taken to hospitals with less serious injuries.

The crash took place near MacArthur Elementary School, and parents asked to pick up their children were asked to park east of the school and walk to meet their children. No students or staff were involved in the crash.

A tangle of utility wires went down on Janneys Lane, causing about nearby 700 residents to lose power.  Police quickly shut down North Quaker Lane between West Braddock Road and Duke Street, as well as Seminary Road east of Fort Williams Parkway and Janney’s Lane west of Yale

The crash is under investigation by Alexandria Police.