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Bus Driver Critical After Collision with Car, Tanker

December 13, 1985

KING GEORGE, Va. (AP) _ A bus carrying workers to a Navy installation ran a red light and smashed into a car and a truck, injuring 28 people, police say.

The driver of the bus was in critical condition at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond. Twenty-seven of the 30 passengers on the bus were hurt, none seriously.

Trooper M.E. Gallahan, quoting witnesses, said the bus went through the light, smashed into a car, then careened across a median strip and sideswiped the rear of a chemical tanker.

″What happened was that he ran the red light. I was just sitting here and the next thing I knew he was coming across the median. I tried to get out of the way but there was no way,″ said Earl L. Deiter, 58, of White Hall, Pa., the driver of the truck.

The front of the bus was crushed. The impact left a gaping hole by the front passenger row.

The bus was taking workers from Warsaw to the Dahlgren Naval Surface Weapons Center.

The driver suffered multiple fractures and a ruptured leg artery, said hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Halloran.

The tanker truck was loaded with oxide powder, but none spilled, police said.

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