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ALEXANDRIA Va. – United States Park Police are investigating a fatal 2 vehicle crash involving a passenger car and mid-sized shuttle bus, on the George Washington Memorial Parkway near Stratford Lane. One passenger on the bus has died.

The bus, carrying foreign visitors from China, had 18 passengers plus the driver. The passenger car had two occupants. Thirteen passengers from the bus as well as the driver and passenger from the car were transported to area hospitals.  Two remain in critical condition. The driver of the bus was uninjured.

The bus was travelling northbound and the passenger car was travelling southbound south of the intersection with Stratford Lane.  A head-on collision resulted in the bus being tipped onto its left side and sliding off of the east side of the roadway.  The passenger car also left the roadway and came to rest in a wooded area on the west side of the lanes.

Witnesses state that several passersby, some possibly members of the military, stopped at the scene and lifted the bus back onto its wheels.  These same people are said to have administered aid to the wounded until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.  We are currently following several leads into identifying these heroic people.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, or anyone who may have participated in the heroic act of lifting the bus to attend to the wounded to please call the US Park Police at 202-610-7500.

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