A woman whose vehicle crossed the center line and entered the oncoming traffic lane and collided with a school bus, causing personal injuries, fell asleep at the wheel and was cited for reckless driving, according to police.


On March 17, police said 32-year-old Corapeake, North Carolina resident Josette A. Winfield was driving a van when she collided head-on with a school bus transporting 25 children to Driver Elementary School.


Debbie George, a spokeswoman for the city of Suffolk, Virginia, said that the crash took place shortly before 8:30 a.m. at East Washington Street and Carver Avenue.


The van was westbound on East Washington, a two-lane road, crossed the center line, and collided head-on with an eastbound school bus.


Winfield received helicopter transport to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries, George said. Two children, 5-year-old and 7-month-old passengers in the van, received transport to Sentara Obici in Suffolk.


Six children aboard the bus were injured and taken to Obici, George said. The remaining children were picked up by their parents.

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