Driver suspended after miring Arundel school bus on flooded road

March 11, 1998|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

The school bus driver who drove past a "road closed" sign into nearly 4 feet of moving water on a western Anne Arundel County road Monday afternoon has been suspended from his job but has not been charged with any driving violations, Anne Arundel officials said yesterday.

Smith Bus Service, which has a contract with Anne Arundel schools, suspended Cecil Herbert Grimmitt, 55, of Crofton after the bus slid off Brock Bridge Road at the Little Patuxent River, became wedged in mud and teetered on two wheels, said school spokeswoman Jane Doyle.

The 31 MacArthur Middle School students who were on the bus were removed safely before a tow truck pulled the bus out of the water. None of them was injured. Anne Arundel officials said the section of the road had been closed since 10: 30 a.m. because of flooding from heavy rain.

Grimmitt could not be reached for comment yesterday. Doyle ZTC said school officials were conducting a routine review of the incident.

No one at Smith Bus Service would comment.

Lt. Jeff Kelly, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman, said authorities are investigating the accident.

According to an Anne Arundel school official's account, Grimmitt saw a "road closed" sign but thought that it meant only half of the road was closed, so he drove around it. Police said the bus became stuck after it went off the edge of the road.

Warning signs activated by high water will be installed within a few weeks farther down Brock Bridge Road at the Prince George's County line, Anne Arundel officials.

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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