School Bus Crash That Sent 11 Students to Hospital Being Investigated

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UPDATED: March 14, 2014 3:29 p.m.

WALKERSVILLE, Md. (WNEW/AP) — The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating whether a school bus ran a red light before an accident near Walkersville that sent 11 children and three adults to the hospital Friday morning.

The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 194 and Stauffer Road.

Capt. Tim Clarke says the bus, which was heading to Walkersville Elementary School, was traveling northbound on 194 when it was struck just ahead of the rear wheels by an eastbound vehicle. The back end of the bus swerved across the center line and hit a vehicle traveling south.

Sgt. Michael Grunwell says it’s likely that either the bus or the other vehicle ran a red light.

Twenty-seven students — ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade — were on-board at the time.

Eleven students were taken to the hospital for observation of minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Fifteen others were taken to school and one student was released to the custody of a parent.

The drivers of the three vehicles were also taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

“In a situation like this people are going to be shaken up,” Frederick County Public Schools spokesperson Michael Doerrer said. “We just want to make sure everybody is okay.”

A second crash involving a school bus occurred at the same intersection two hours earlier with no injuries reported.

Both crashes remain under investigation.

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