Accident tips bus carrying children

4-vehicle crash on 295 injures at least 20 people

June 28, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A school bus carrying children to the National Aquarium was hit by a van and overturned along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway yesterday morning in a four-vehicle accident that left them briefly trapped, screaming and crying for their mothers.

Though more than 20 people were injured, none died. By the end of the day, all the children, who were from a Washington day camp, had been sent home from area hospitals, authorities said.

Among the injured were a convict and the two correctional officers who had been driving him to a medical appointment, and the most seriously hurt - a roadside worker who was struck by one of the vehicles.

The accident, involving the bus, two vans and a car, occurred about 9 a.m. near Linthicum in the northbound lanes just north of the Baltimore Beltway.

State police were continuing an investigation of the crash, but a spokesman, Maj. Greg Shipley, said it appeared to have been caused by a white Ford van that witnesses said had come off the Beltway ramp north onto the parkway, swerved into the middle lane and clipped the rear of the bus.

The van's driver, identified as Tyron A. Hickson, 29, of the 1500 block of Argyle Ave. in Baltimore, was released after treatment at North Arundel Hospital, then charged with reckless and negligent driving, using speed greater than reasonable and making unsafe lane changes, police said.

The car might have been hit by the bus before careening off the road, police said. The driver of a black Department of Correction transport van swerved - apparently trying to avoid the accident - and hit an embankment.

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