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Updated: Woodbridge Man Dies in Bus Crash; Passengers Were Returning to Prince William

By Potomac Local News March 23, 2014 9:30 am

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Update

A bus carrying 17 people including its driver was returning to Prince William County after a birthday party in Washington, D.C. early this morning when it was involved in a crash where nine occupants were ejected.

The crash occurred while the van was traveling south on Interstate 95 at Lorton was cut off by a 2-door Acura traveling at a high rate of speed, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. The car and bus collided causing the bus driver to lose control of the vehicle, run off the side of the highway, strike a guardrail, and then overturn.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and is being treated for non life-threatening injuries. Another passenger is also being treated for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

One passenger – Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Thirteen others that were on board the bus suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Acura, identified as Manuel Barrientos, 31, was arrested at his home this morning and faces charges in connection to the crash.

Update

A man who lives in a home behind a Walmart near Dumfries has been arrested in connection to a bus crash this morning on Interstate 95.

Of the 17 people who were taken to a local hospital, Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, has died. A second person is still being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Here’s the latest from Virginia State Police:

Thanks to witness information, state police were able to track down the white car to a residence in Dumfries, Va. A white Acura was located at the residence in the 16,000 block of Gentle Wood Lane and its driver, Raphael Manuel Barrientos, 31, of Dumfries, Va., was taken into custody without incident. Barrientos has been charged with one felony count of hit-and-run. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Additional charges are pending consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

A total of 17 individuals – 16 passengers and driver – were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. All passengers are in their early 20s and from Prince William County.

• Two were flown from the scene to Inova Fairfax Hospital – one these two, David Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, Va., succumbed to his injuries later Sunday morning at the hospital; the second one is still being treated for life-threatening injuries.

• The driver and one other passenger are being treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

• The remaining 13 passengers suffered minor injuries.

All southbound lanes of I-95 were open as of 8 a.m.

9:30 a.m. 

LORTON, Va. – One person is dead after a bus crash this morning on Interstate 95 in Lorton.

Here’s the latest from Virginia State Police:

At 3:28 a.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police were called to the scene of a crash involving a small, 16-passenger shuttle bus in the southbound lanes of I-95, just south of Exit 163 for Lorton.

The shuttle bus was traveling south on I-95 when, according to witnesses, a white, four-door passenger vehicle traveling at an extreme high rate of speed swerved into the bus’s travel lane. In order to avoid the car, the driver of the shuttle bus swerved to the right. The shuttle bus then ran off the right side of the road, struck the guardrail, and overturned.

The 16 passengers and driver on board the shuttle bus have been transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. State police was just notified that one of the two individuals flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious injuries has succumbed to his injuries.

State police are asking if anyone saw the white sedan prior to or following the crash, to please call the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026. State police are currently looking for the vehicle at this time…all we have right now for a description is a white, four-door sedan.

All southbound lanes of I-95 were open as of 8 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation.

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  • Dorothy

    Sorry for ur lost i know how it feels when u lose a person u. Love so much and that they gone but they will always be with u in it hearts and soul they might be gone but never forgott my or alters en god bless u and my prayers be with.