Man is killed in crash with school bus 14 children treated for minor injuries

April 02, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A 44-year-old man was killed yesterday morning when his car crossed the center line on West Street, near Brewer Avenue, and crashed head-on into a school bus carrying 33 children, Annapolis police said.

Ronald Lamar Turley of the first block of Bens Drive in Bay Ridge Gardens apartments was pronounced dead at 8: 30 a.m. at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Fourteen children from Bates Middle School were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor scratches and bruises. The other 19 children were taken to the hospital by their parents to be examined, said hospital spokeswoman Mary Lou Baker.

Mr. Turley was about a block from Annapolis Mitsubishi Motors, where he worked, when his black Nissan Pulsar struck the school bus bound for Bates Middle, 701 Chase St., said Capt. John W. Wright, a police spokesman.

"It sounded like a bomb going off," said Sid Zimberg, general manager of Mitsubishi Motors on West Street, who was standing outside about 50 yards from the accident. "We knew right away that somebody had hit somebody really hard."

As steam billowed from the vehicles, people ran to help pull the children off the bus. The bus sustained minor damage, but the Nissan was demolished, crushing Mr. Turley under the dashboard.

"I yelled 'Ron!' " said Mr. Zimberg. "But he couldn't move. He just moved his lips. We were too afraid to move him, so when the emergency crew got there, they pulled him out and performed CPR. He was still alive and trying to talk at that point."

The cause of the accident was unknown, Captain Wright said yesterday.

"He could have had a seizure. He could have fallen asleep. He might have had a heart attack," Captain Wright said.

"We don't know for sure. We're waiting for the medical examiner's report."

The bus driver, who was not identified, was treated at the hospital and released, said Ms. Baker.

Pub Date: 4/02/96

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