January 7, 2020
Man, 48, dies in accident involving school bus
Photo/Virginia State Police
The van crossed the Route 55 center line and hit the school bus Tuesday afternoon on Route 55, according to state police.
A 48-year-old Manassas man died near Delaplane when a van hit a Fauquier school bus on slick pavement Tuesday afternoon.
The accident took place at 12:56 p.m. Dec. 7 on John Marshall Highway about 300 feet east of Carrington Road, according to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T. Green.
A 2001 GMC Savana van traveled east on Route 55 when the driver lost control, crossed a double solid yellow centerline and collided with the westbound school bus, Trooper Green said.
A passenger in the van, Mark R. Tee died at the scene. Mr. Tee wore no seatbelt.
The van driver, Charles E. Anderson, 71, of Manassas, suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital. He wore a seatbelt.
The bus driver, a 59-year-old Warrenton woman suffered minor injuries in the crash and received treatment at Fauquier Hospital. She wore a seatbelt.
A 68-year-old woman riding in the bus also suffered minor injuries in the crash and received treatment at Fauquier Hospital. Another adult passenger in the school bus suffered no injury.
“There were no children present on the school bus at the time of the crash,” a state police press release said.
Fauquier schools began dismissing students at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday as snow began falling and quickly accumulated on county roads.
“Slick road conditions were factors in the cause of crash,” which remained under investigation Tuesday night, state police aid.
A state police Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team, Fauquier sheriff’s deputies and the Virginia Department of Transportation responded to the scene.
The sheriff’s office reported dozens of accidents and dozens of road closings Tuesday afternoon.
County schools remained closed Wednesday.
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Pipnut · January 15, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Be careful about what you read. The person who survived was NOT flown to fairfax. The weather was bad so not only does it cause accidents, but it also prohibits flying! The person was taken by ambulance to Fauquier Hospital where he was heroically stabilized and then transported by GROUND to fairfax.
Milcor · January 8, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Dear Jomomma. I am sooo very glad that people like you are not decision makers for anything important. With this being said speaking about people with special needs should be done in a derogatory way. People do the best that they can as you did your best with the comment that you wrote. Instead of focusing on the decision of the timing of early release someone with some kind of intelligence would reflect on the tragedy o a lost life and injuries.
brandonj · January 8, 2020 at 12:08 pm
And, wear your damn seatbelt.
Dick Bonnaventure · January 8, 2020 at 11:32 am
Glad there were no kids on the bus.
Just try and learn from this and ask yourself next time you go out in weather like we had yesterday if the trip is really necessary. If it is please drive accordingly.
DonkeyFarmer · January 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Joe Momma? Are you equating autism with stupidity? Because they are not the same and that's not cool man.
The roads were bad. My roads here off of Meetze have still not been cleared. That's not the fault of Jeck. He does not treat the roads. It's easy to be a Monday night quarterback.
They cancelled school tomorrow. I was sure they would after the accident no matter the forecast. Some parents are mad when they cancel and some are mad when they don't.
warfname · January 7, 2020 at 9:26 pm
Blame VDOT not the Big Man J, Jeckmeister couldn't have predicted this. It's not Jeckerino's fault
LindaW · January 7, 2020 at 9:23 pm
joemomma - Dr. Jeck and his team make the best decision they can with the information they have. This was a terrible and tragic incident to be sure. But how dare you...portray autism or someone with autism in this way and imply they are stupid. You are a special kind of hateful asshole!
joemomma · January 7, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Honestly Dr.Jeck has autism for even thinking about sending the kids to school. Everyone saw the forecast and knew that was coming. He really is a special kind of stupid for starting school on time or even at all
rrowand1 · January 7, 2020 at 8:23 pm
The storm was extremely well predicted. I did not see that roads were prepared with sand or salt. I drove over ten miles throughout Northern Fauquier county and then down Rte. 66. Never once did I see a sand truck, plow or any work on improving the roads until I entered PW Co. Then I encountered both a sander and a plow. It was very treacherous driving.
brandonj · January 7, 2020 at 7:13 pm
Terrible tragedy. I think the school made the best information with what they had. A couple inches of snow should be routine, especially on a state road. Sounds like no effort was put into treating the roads all morning like they should have. Tax payer dollars put to good use as usual.
Silii · January 7, 2020 at 4:54 pm
This is a horrible thing. However, I don't understand why the roads weren't pre treated overnight and early this morning when it was clear there would be only snow, no rain.
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