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Metro Bus Driver Dies After Being Pinned Against Wall

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LAHNAHM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A Metro Bus driver died Monday after being pinned between a bus and a wall during an accident in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the accident occurred at about 3:34 p.m. in the 11200 block of New Hampshire Avenue near the White Oak Shopping Center in Silver Spring.

The driver has been identified as Thomasine Maria Smith, 47, of the 13000 block of Old Stage Road, of Laurel, Md.

A spokeswoman for Metro says the she left the bus during a break between trips.

Montgomery County police say it appears the bus began to move after the driver had exited. The driver attempted to engage the brake by reaching through the driver’s window before being struck by the bus and pinned against the wall.

No passengers were on board.

Smith was transported to a local trauma center with serious injuries, but was pronounced dead just after 5:30 p.m.

Officials say the bus was not in service at the time of the accident.

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