Woman Dies in Head-on Crash With Bus on Chincoteague Causeway


Staff Report —

A Delaware woman died after a head-on collision with a bus Monday morning on the Chincoteague causeway, according to a Virginia State Police spokesperson.
All travel lanes on causeway were closed for several hours after the crash.
Ashely Renee Pennell, 32, of Milford, Del., was ejected and died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash after the 2015 Kia Sorento she was driving crashed head on into a Star Transit bus traveling westbound in the area of Queens Sound Bridge at around 7:18 a.m., according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Michelle Anaya.
Preliminary investigation showed the Sorento, traveling eastbound, drove into the westbound lane and into the path of the bus.
The bus’ driver and sole occupant, Mesna Banks, tried to swerve into the grassy median to avoid a collision. Upon impact, the bus overturned on its passenger side, coming to rest just off the roadway.
Banks suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported from the scene.
Pennell was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The Virginia Department of Transportation reported the causeway was reopened as of 1:40 p.m. Monday. The town of Chincoteague on its Facebook page asked drivers to exercise extreme caution and reduce speed while on the causeway as lane closures and delays were expected throughout the afternoon.

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