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Flushing bus driver arrested after accident in Virginia: Authorities

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an overturned bus in Stafford, Va. Photo courtesy Virginia State Police
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A Flushing bus driver was arrested early Monday morning after the bus he was driving ran off a Virginia interstate and overturned on its side, Virginia State Police said.

Qilong Xiao, 50, was behind the wheel of a bus carrying 58 passengers from Brooklyn to Doraville, Ga., when the accident occurred in a snow storm shortly after 4 a.m., according to cops.

All of the passengers were transported to area hospitals, even though many did not require treatment, authorities said. Four suffered serious injuries, but none were life-threatening, police said.

Xiao refused medical treatment at the scene and was charged with reckless driving, police said. He was held in a jail in Stafford County, Va. on a $5,000 bond, the Virginia State Police said.

The crash was still under investigation, but police said speed was a factor.

The bus was operated by Princess Tours, Inc. which together with police made arrangements to transport the stranded passengers to their final destinations. The bus company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.

Reach reporter Alex Robinson by e-mail at arobinson@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

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anon from queens says:
Say it isn't so! A Chinese man who doesn't know how to drive?
March 18, 5:49 am
also anon from Queens says:
Some stereotypes are true
March 18, 12:45 pm
Red the garbage man from Whitestone says:
I feel sorry for him . VA state police discriminate against New Yorkers. It's the only state I throw my trash out the window. Scum state police can suck on my tailpipe! This poor guy had an accident! Piss on VA!
March 19, 1:48 pm

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