Pupils escape injury in 2 school bus accidents

January 25, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Two Howard County school buses were involved in accidents -- including a hit-and-run -- in west Columbia yesterday, but no one was injured, Howard County police said.

School officials said all the students arrived home safely, though the delay worried some parents.

The first accident occurred about 2:10 p.m. as a bus carried students from Atholton High School in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village.

A little more than a mile from the school -- at Freetown and Quarterstaff roads -- a four-wheel-drive vehicle sped past the bus, scraped its side, knocked off the bus' front fender and drove away, said Patti Caplan, a school spokeswoman.

Another bus was sent to transport the students home, Ms. Caplan said.

She said police are investigating the incident.

About an hour later on southbound Cedar Lane in Hickory Ridge village, Hyman Blumenstock, a driver for Blue Bird Bus Co., was transporting about 35 children from Wilde Lake Middle School to their homes when he swerved to avoid a stopped car near Howard County General Hospital, police said.

The school bus sideswiped a 1992 Ford truck at Cedar Lane and Barnwood Place, police said.

The truck's right tire scraped the curb and blew out. The driver, Mike McQueen, 20, of Laurel, was not injured, but his truck had to be towed.

The students laughed and played on the bus for more than an hour while police investigated the accident. Many of their worried parents cruised the bus route, found them and drove them home.

The school bus, which was not damaged, brought the rest of the students home.

Police were not certain yesterday afternoon whether Mr. Blumenstock, who has been driving a school bus for seven months, would be charged.

Police log

Wilde Lake: 5100 block of Brook Way: A green 1992 Infinity with Maryland tags 515-AZJ was stolen Sunday or Monday, police said.

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