Morning crash in Accomack Co. kills one, injures another

ACCOMACK CO., Va. – Virginia State Police say a woman has died following a crash on the Chincoteague Causeway early Monday morning.

We’re told that at around 7:20 a.m., a Starcraft Transit Commuter Bus was traveling westbound on the Causeway leaving Chincoteague Island, when a 2015 Kia Sorento that was traveling eastbound on the same road drove into the westbound lanes and into the path of the bus.

The driver and sole occupant of the bus, identified as Mesna Banks, tried to swerve into the grassy median to avoid the head-on collision. On impact, the bus flipped onto its passenger side, coming to a rest in the grass just off the roadway. Banks suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Kia, identified as 32-year-old Ashley Pennell, was ejected following the impact and died at the scene. Police say Pennell was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.

At this time, it is unknown if alcohol played a contributing factor.

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