Bus driver arrested for DUI-Drugs after crash on I-81 in Pulaski County

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PUKASKI Co., Va (WDBJ7) According to Virginia State Police, a bus from West Georgia Technical College was traveling northbound on I-81 when the bus drifted into the right lane and side-swiped a tractor trailer.

The bus then ran off the left side of the road, over-corrected and ran off the road a second time before it hit an embankment and flipped onto its roof.

All 13 passengers on the bus suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The crash happened at mile marker 104 around 8:15 Friday morning. Both lanes were temporarily closed. Traffic backups were approximately six miles.

59-year old Willie F. Walker of Carrollton, Ga. was arrested and charged with Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs and possession of marijuana. Walker was was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail.

The crash remains under investigation. State Police will look into if fatigue played a part in the crash.

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