Baltimore County school bus flips over with children inside

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Ten Pikesville Middle School students had to scramble out of the emergency exits of their school bus Friday morning after the driver lost control and the bus flipped off the side of a Baltimore County road.

The accident sent five students and the female bus driver to area hospitals with minor injuries, while five other students were picked up at the scene by their parents, said Chief Mike Robinson, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman.

The injuries sustained by the driver were not described. Robinson said the students were “mainly shaken up.”

Mychael Dickerson, spokesman for the county schools, said late Friday afternoon that all the students who had been taken to the hospital were released. “The worst injury was a sprained ankle,” he said.

During the crash, which appeared to have sent the bus nearly end-over-end, windows were smashed and a tree pierced the front left wheel well.

The bus, which did not have seat belts for the children, came to rest on its left side, nearly on its roof, in a gully full of brambles, trees, vines and other vegetation, its door pointed skyward.

Diana Spencer, a Baltimore County public schools spokeswoman, said “everyone was mobile and able to get off the bus” on their own shortly after the accident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. in the 10800 block of Greenspring Ave. “We are lucky,” Spencer said.

The accident, which did not include any other vehicles, closed Greenspring Avenue between Greenspring Valley Road and Hillside Road.

Neither police nor school officials have identified the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation. The driver, who has not been identified, will be questioned and tested for drugs and alcohol as part of the routine investigation, school officials said.

Police said Friday afternoon that investigators were reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses. They said no additional information was available.

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  • ejljr

    Diana Spencer says, "We are lucky." Excuse me! You weren't on the bus. Those kids and driver were lucky! Or maybe you are saying that because the school district won't get sued for millions of dollars for serious injuries or death. I'm glad all made it out with just minor injuries. And yes, THEY were lucky!

  • MyTakeOnIt

    A word about "The bus, which did not have seat belts for the children, came to rest on its left side".
    Had there been seat belts, the children seated on the right side of the bus would be hanging from the belts. A fire would be detrimental to those trapped in the belts.
    The padded seat backs in front of each bus seat protects when children are properly seated. The driver seat belt prevents the driver from being ejected through the windshield.
    To the children: This is why you must stay seated correctly at all times.
    To the people upset that there are no seatbelts in large school buses: This is why seatbelts could be more tragic that absence of them.

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