7-month-old boy killed in crash of car, Anne Arundel school bus

Mother treated, released after incident in fog on Fort Smallwood Road

January 11, 2000|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A 7-month-old infant was killed and his mother injured in the fog before dawn yesterday when a county school bus slammed broadside into their car at an intersection on Fort Smallwood Road.

The force of the impact threw infant Kurt Siebers from his safety seat, county police said. He was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital about 40 minutes after the accident.

His mother, Carin Lyn Siebers, 31, of the 1300 block of Cox Cove Court in nearby Stoney Beach, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released.

The thick fog may have been a contributing factor in the accident, but police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Investigators are looking into why the baby was thrown from the car seat, which had been properly installed, police said.

According to police, Siebers was driving west in her 1998 Mustang on Fort Smallwood shortly before 6: 40 a.m. when the crash occurred about a mile from her home.

She was turning left onto Energy Parkway -- apparently as the light was changing to yellow -- when the car entered the path of the eastbound, county-owned bus driven by Linda Lee Clews, 51, of Severn, police said.

The bus hit the Mustang broadside, causing it to rotate and strike a truck and van on Energy Parkway as their drivers were waiting for the light to turn green, police said.

None of the other drivers was injured. Two students, both 15, and an aide on the bus also were not injured, police said.

Pub Date: 1/11/00

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