School bus, car collide 11 children, 2 adults hurt

Passer-by arrested in attempted theft of money

September 04, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

Eleven children and two adults were injured when a school bus and car collided yesterday afternoon in the Catonsville area -- and a passer-by suspected of trying to steal money from the wrecked car was arrested at the scene, Baltimore County authorities said.

The two adults were more seriously hurt than the children, private school students who suffered minor injuries, said Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard of the county Fire Department.

The driver of a dark blue Ford Taurus, which was struck broadside by the bus at the intersection of Rolling and Collinsway roads, was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Hubbard said.

The driver's name was not released.

The driver of the Woodlawn Motor Coach bus, James Quick, 60, was treated for shoulder injuries, Hubbard said.

A spokeswoman for St. Agnes Hospital said Quick had been treated there and released by early yesterday evening.

Quick's passengers, private-school students, ages 6 to 13, were also taken to hospitals. The children attended John Paul Regional School, a Catholic institution, and Grace Bible Baptist School, both in Woodlawn.

"We're looking at minor abrasions, probably caused by being jostled about by the initial impact," said Hubbard.

The children's names were not released.

The accident is under investigation, said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey, and no charges have been filed.

Toohey and Hubbard said that the Taurus had been traveling on Collinsway, which has a stop sign where it intersects with Rolling Road.

Woodlawn Motor Coach had no comment on the accident.

After the accident, a man happened by the scene, saw a dollar bill and change lying on the front seat of the wrecked car and took the money, Toohey said.

A man, whose identity was not released, was arrested after witnesses told police officers about the theft, Toohey said.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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