One woman was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, but 60 middle school students escaped injury when a school bus collided with an automobile about 3:45 p.m. yesterday.
State police said the driver of the automobile was stopped on the parking lot of a lawn and garden shop on Englar Road when the driver of a full-size van motioned her to pull into the lane of traffic next to the center line. Officers said the van driver thought the car's driver wanted to pull into his lane and go north on Englar Road, but the car pulled across the road and into the path of the school bus in the curb lane.
The bus struck the right side of the auto with the front left bumper, police said.
The West Middle School students were transferred to another bus for the trip home.
Several students told police they struck their heads on the padded seats in front of them when the bus driver suddenly hit the brakes, but none said they were injured.
Traffic was confined to one lane of the highway while firefighters and medics treated the car driver before taking her to the hospital.
School transportation officials said another school bus loaded with students was involved in an accident in the Sykesville area early yesterday morning. No one was injured.
Another school bus, heading to Liberty High School, was involved in an accident yesterday afternoon.
No students were on that bus and no one was injured, officials said.
Westminster High band places fifth in competition
The Westminster High School Owls Marching Band competed at Jefferson High School's Tournament of Bands competition Saturday in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.
The band scored 82.3 and placed fifth in Group 3 bands of 56 to 75 musicians.
The Owls' next competition will be the Chapters Championship on Saturday in Hedgesville, W.Va.
Rugby club to hold tournament at school
The Mason-Dixon Rugby Football Club will hold its second annual Halloween Tournament from 8:30 a.m. to sunset Saturday, on the athletic fields of East Middle School.
Mason-Dixon Rugby Football Club also will play host to the Ottawa Indians and several teams from the Northeast Region.
Concessions will be available. The school is on Longwell Avenue, Westminster.
Information: 857-1509 or (301) 898-0702.
Westminster: Four residents of Winged Foot Drive in Wakefield Valley reported to city police that someone broke into their cars and stole property Tuesday. The vehicles were parked near the owners' homes, and the thefts were estimated at $1,225.
Westminster: A resident of Greengate Court told city police someone damaged his auto while it was parked near his house Tuesday. The damage was estimated at $400.
Westminster: A resident of East Green Street reported to city police someone stole flowerpots from in front of her apartment Tuesday. She estimated the theft at $15.
Westminster: Westminster firefighters responded to a trash fire on Lemmon Road at 10:56 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out 25 minutes.