According to officials at the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland, all nine people who were involved in a three vehicle crash on Wednesday June 5, 2013 have been released.
A school bus with 55 students aboard was traveling to Centennial Lane Elementary School on Wednesday, June 5 when the accident occurred. The crash sent four adults and five children to the hospital including two six-year-old girls, a seven-year-old boy, a nine-year-old girl and a ten-year-old girl. None of the injuries were life threatening.
Statistics show that there are over 450,000 school students using school buses to commute back and forth to school on a daily basis. Most parents give little thought to the possibility of their children being injured or killed in an accident while riding the school bus. This accident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning near the intersection of Centennial Lane and Breconshire Road, less than a half-mile from the school.
Police officials told the media, “The bus was traveling south on Centennial Lane when it collided with a van, which then collided with a car. The driver and two adult passengers from the van, as well as the driver and five children from the school bus were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.” The driver of the car involved was not injured.
Samuel Stokes Jr., age 63, of Baltimore was driving the school bus. Stokes has been cited for failure to control speed to avoid a collision and also negligent driving. The police believe that Stokes may have turned his head to address a student when the collision occurred.
In an email to parents, Centennial Lane Elementary School Principal Brad Herling wrote, “ The accident was not serious, but police and fire department personnel were called to the scene. Children were asked if they were hurt when the accident occurred, and several children reported bumps and bruises.”
The children with injuries were transported to the hospital, and their parents were immediately contacted. The other children on the bus walked to school with the supervision of school staff and parent volunteers.
Since 1990, over 1,400 fatalities were caused by school bus accidents and nearly 17,000 children have suffered from injuries caused by school bus accidents. Most of those injuries were so severe that those involved ended up in the emergency room.