A drunk driver in Stafford County collided with a Loudoun County school bus Saturday night, causing no injuries and startling 24 students and five adults, including the driver.
Matthew McGahey, 24, of Fredericksburg, hit the driver’s side of the bus going northbound on Interstate 95 shortly before 10:30 p.m., according to Virginia State Police. The collision happened on the Rappahannock River Bridge.
The students, members of the marching band from Heritage High School, were sent home on a different bus.
The damaged bus was driven back to Loudoun under its own power, according to Loudoun County Public Schools spokesman Wayde Byard.
The driver was left unharmed because of the bus’s structure.
“When a car hits it [the bus], the shock is distributed to the lower side,” Byard said.
The bus, a 2011 model manufactured by Thomas, sustained $7,000 to $10,000 of damage, according to Byard.
McGahey was charged with felony driving under the influence, first offense, and will be in Stafford County District Court for his preliminary hearing Nov. 15.
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