River Hill student injured when car hits school bus

March 03, 1998|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old River Hill High School student cracked three front teeth and bit through her lip after her car crashed into a stopped school bus yesterday afternoon in Clarksville, Howard County police and school officials said.

Kelly Curtis, 17, who was not wearing a shoulder seat belt strap but was wearing a waist belt, was taken to Howard County General Hospital for treatment, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a spokesman for the Howard County police. The 17 students on the bus and Curtis' two passengers were not injured, he said.

The accident happened at Route 108 and Jericho Road about 2: 20 p.m., minutes after classes had ended at River Hill and shortly after it began to rain, said Glenn Johnson, director of transportation for Howard schools.

Curtis' car, a Nissan Sentra, was the third vehicle trailing a bus that had its lights flashing while making its first stop of the afternoon, Carroll said.

When the cars in front of Curtis stopped, she swerved to avoid them, Carroll said. She veered into a parking lot and skidded on the wet road surface, hitting the bus on the rear left side, he said.

"She was probably going a little fast for the conditions," Johnson said. Police had not decided yesterday whether to charge Curtis.

There have been about 40 minor accidents involving Howard County school buses this year -- none resulting in injuries to bus passengers, Johnson said. That number is about average for this time of year, he said.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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