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Maryland bus accident injures 17

Anytime a motor vehicle crash occurs, the potential for serious injuries is high. When one of the motor vehicles involved in an accident is a bus, the potential for injuries is greatly magnified because of the size of the vehicle and the amount of passengers involved.

More than a dozen people are reported injured because of a Maryland bus accident that happened last week. Ten of those injured were children. Maryland State Police reported that the charter bus was transporting kindergarten students, plus their parents, teachers and chaperones to a field trip to the National Zoo when the accident occurred.

The bus was reported to have swerved in order to keep from hitting an SUV that had pulled into the bus's lane. It instead hit a pole and overturned. The bus accident occurred on Maryland 213 at White Marsh Road north of Centreville. There were 35 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident. A total of seventeen people, including 10 children on board the bus, were injured. A second bus also traveling with the involved charter bus was not involved in the injury accident.

The SUV driver, a 49-year-old Maryland resident, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The charter bus driver refused treatment. Some of those injured on the bus were also treated at local hospitals and one victim was flown to a hospital in Baltimore for treatment.

Police reported that witnesses said the charter bus seemed to be going the posted speed limit of 55 mph. There was no information on whether or not the SUV was traveling within the speed limit. The accident is under investigation and criminal and civil litigation may be forthcoming after the completion of that investigation.

Source: DelawareOnline.com, "17 hurt as charter bus overturns in Md.," 5/12/2011

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