HYATTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Eight students were injured when they were hit by a vehicle in a parking lot at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County, officials said.

A group of students who are members of the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) were drilling in the Hyattsville school’s rear parking lot just before 6 p.m. Thursday when a Honda Civic driven by a 19-year-old man plowed into them, school officials and police told WNEW’s Cameron Thompson.

The driver, who stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, was driving in the direction of the setting sun and told police the sun glare impaired his vision. He said he did not see the students practicing JROTC drills and standing in formation in the parking lot when he hit them.

The students were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Prince George’s County Assistant Fire Chief Mark Brady said all of the injuries were “minor.”

The driver, who police said only had a learner’s permit, has been charged with multiple counts of negligent driving and other offenses.

The school is located at 7000 Adelphi Road in Hyattsville.

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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