Driver sustains severe injuries in bus accident

August 19, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

A bus carrying 17 retarded adults and an attendant went off a road in the Owings Mills area and struck a tree yesterday, seriously injuring the driver, Baltimore County police and fire officials said.

The driver, Sylvian Sumpter, 52, of the 4500 block of Finney Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center by state police helicopter with severe chest injuries, Capt. Patrick Kelly, spokesman for the county Fire Department, said.

Mr. Sumpter was listed in critical condition there, a spokeswoman said.

Police said the bus was northbound on Bonita Avenue near Worthington Avenue about 8:30 a.m. when it entered a sharp, nearly 90-degree curve.

Mr. Sumpter apparently was startled at midcurve by the appearance of a southbound car and lost control of the bus, which went off the road and hit the tree, police said. The other driver was unhurt. No one was charged, police said.

The bus attendant and most of the passengers were taken to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown.

Sinai spokesman Paul Umansky said seven passengers and the attendant walked into the hospital emergency room. He said the attendant complained of back pains. All were treated and released.

Seven passengers were treated at Northwest Hospital Center for minor injuries and released, a spokeswoman said.

The bus, owned by Yellow Transportation, had picked up most of its passengers at Rosewood Center, a state hospital for the retarded, and was following a route to collect other handicapped adults for daily vocational rehabilitation training.

It was going to The Chimes in the 3600 block of Milford Mill Road near Liberty Road, said Martin Lampner, director of administration.

The Chimes, a private, nonprofit organization, provides daily programs for the developmentally disabled, Mr. Lampner said.

He said another bus was dispatched to pick up several people on the bus route who were left at their homes because of the accident.

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