Police: Car clipped school bus on DC field trip


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) Developments on Monday, May 15, about an overturned bus on Interstate 95 in Maryland (all times Eastern Daylight Time).

  • 2:30 p.m.

Police in Maryland said a driver attempting to pass a school bus full of eighth-graders from Pennsylvania that was headed to Washington, D.C., on a field trip clipped the bus with his car, causing the bus to flip over.

State Police said the driver lost control of his southbound car Monday morning while trying to pass the bus on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland, came back across travel lanes, and clipped the front of the bus.

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said the bus overturned at least once near Havre de Grace. Philadelphia school officials said 26 eighth-graders, two teachers, a parent-chaperone, and the driver were on the bus.

School Superintendent William Hite Jr. said at a news conference that one teacher was taken to a trauma center in Baltimore. A spokeswoman for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, said a student had been taken there.

  • 12:35 p.m.

Police said one child and one adult were flown to hospitals and others were taken to hospitals by ambulance. No deaths were reported.

State Police spokesman Shipley said a group of Philadelphia police recruits was on a commercial bus behind the bus that crashed and stopped to help.

Media outlets reported the bus was operated by Phoenixville, Pennsylvania-based charter company Werner Coach.

  • 11:50 a.m.

Police said some of the injured were taken by ambulance to hospitals and others were still on the scene being examined. Police did not give details of the patients’ conditions, but the Susquehanna Hose Company tweeted that two critically injured patients were flown to hospitals.

Southbound I-95 was expected to remain closed into the afternoon.

  • 11:10 a.m.

A Susquehanna fire official said more than 25 people were injured when the charter bus overturned.

Video from the scene showed a person on a stretcher being wheeled away from the overturned bus to a waiting medevac helicopter and other patients being carried to ambulances. It also showed damage to the hill and guardrail on the right side of the highway.

At least two other buses and cars were stopped near the overturned white bus with no apparent markings.

Highway traffic was stopped in both directions while helicopters landed, but northbound traffic began flowing again once the helicopters took off.