16 Hurt As School Bus Crashes Near Odenton

Police beat

November 11, 1991

Sixteen people from Montgomery County, including nine children, wereinjured Saturday when their school bus careened off an Interstate 97exit ramp near Odenton and crashed into a ditch.

Firefighters on the scene said all the injuries were minor bumps and bruises. A few people, including the driver, complained of neck and back pains.

The bus was one of three carrying 80 students and 40 parents fromseveral Montgomery County schools home from a field trip to the Naval Academy.

John Wood, a Western District police officer, said the driver told authorities that the bus started to veer to the left uponentering the off-ramp, a double-lane road that connects I-97 to routes 3 and 32.

Wood said the bus did not respond to the driver's attempt to correct the drift, and another adult grabbed the steering wheel to try to straighten the bus.

But Wood said their efforts failed, and the bus crossed a grass infield and traveled about 400 feet before coming to a stop in a ditch. The accident occurred at 1:25 p.m.

The students, in their midteens, are members of the Benjamin-Banneker Honors Math and Science Society, based in Burtonsville.

The injured students and adults were taken to Anne Arundel County General Hospital, Harbor Hospital and North Arundel Hospital. Four ambulances and a bus were used to transport them.

Wood said he did not know how fast the bus was going when it left the ramp, but the speed limit is 55 mph.

GUNMAN FOILED IN NIGHTCLUB HOLD-UP

A masked bandit, firing his gun for emphasis, attempted an early-morning holdup of Sierra, a nightclub off Dorsey Road, Saturday.

The robber was scared off, however, when another manager walked in on the robbery. Police saidthe man ran into the woods and escaped.

Police said the gunman walked into the nightclub, in the 7500 block of Old Telegraph Road in Hanover, about 3 a.m. and forced employees to lie on the floor. He demanded money and fired a shot into the ceiling.

Police said a manager told the bandit that the money was kept in a rear office. The suspect rounded up the workers and forced them into the office. He lockedthe door, but employees were able to escape out a back entrance.

Meanwhile, the gunman took the manager back to the front of the club,where a second manager appeared and frightened the man away, police said.

No one was injured. The suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a ski mask and a two-tone jacket with light-colored panels on the side.

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