Six Delaware students hurt in I-95 accident in ElkridgeSix...

April 24, 1996

Six Delaware students hurt in I-95 accident in Elkridge

Six Delaware middle school students on a field trip were injured yesterday when their bus hit the back of another bus carrying their classmates on Interstate 95 near Route 100 in Elkridge, state police said.

Most of the injured youths suffered either loose teeth or bruised faces. They were treated at Howard County General Hospital and released yesterday, state police said.

The accident backed up traffic for at least two hours from the accident site as far north as the Baltimore-Howard County line, ,, said Tfc. Ricardo Zaky, who investigated the incident.

The bus carrying the injured children was towed because its gears locked. Its driver, Claude Marvin Cahall, 46, of Elkton, was charged with failing to control speed to avoid a collision, Trooper Zaky said.

Police said Mr. Cahall's bus was one of three coaches that set out from Delaware early yesterday carrying about 130 children on a trip to Washington.

By 8: 49 a.m., his bus was in the middle of the three coaches traveling south on I-95 when they approached traffic merging into one lane near Route 100. State police had closed off three lanes to clear tire debris from the road.

When the lead coach slowed to merge into the single open lane, Mr. Cahall's bus hit it. The impact forced the lead coach into a white vehicle in front of it, but the vehicle immediately left the scene, police said.

Howard County rescuers took the injured passengers to the hospital and the other students boarded the other two buses.

Police log

Ellicott City: 10900 block of Route 108: A burglar put a hole in the glass part of a door at the Howard County Board of Education between Friday and Monday, unlocked it and took change from vending machines inside, police said.

Ellicott City: 8500 block of U.S. 40: A black 1996 Acura four-door was stolen from the rear parking lot at the Acura West dealership Monday, police said.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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