Garbage Truck Collides With Empty School Bus

January 06, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

A Bel Air garbage truck returning from the county's waste-to-energy plant collided with a school bus in Magnolia Thursday, injuring two of the truck's occupants, state police at Benson said.

No children were on the bus when the collision occurred at 2:45 p.m, police said,and no charges have been filed yet.

The vehicles collided at Magnolia and Trimble roads -- one of intersections nearby residents expressed concern about when the waste-to-steam energy plant on Aberdeen Proving Ground was proposed five years ago.

The residents feared that garbage trucks traveling to and from the APG plant would pose a dangerous traffic problem on neighborhood roads, said B. Daniel Riley, a community activist and teacher at Magnolia Middle School.

"Almost the worst-case scenario happened if that bus was already taking the kids back home," Riley said.

State police said the garbage truck -- driven by Robert E. Boyer Jr., 32, of Bel Air -- was north on Magnolia Road, traveling from the Edgewood Area of APG.

The school bus was traveling west on Trimble Road,toward the Magnolia elementary and middle schools, police said.

The bus driver, George H. Stephens, 68, of Joppatowne, stopped at a stop sign on Trimble Road and proceeded through the intersection into the path of the garbage truck, police said.

Boyer was flown to Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore. He was treated andreleased, a hospital spokesman said.

A passenger in the truck -- Efrem Hammond, 29, of Bel Air, was taken to Fallston General Hospital. He also was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said. Stephens was not injured, police said.

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