13 suffer minor injuries in Frederick bus accident

Baltimore County middle school students were on way to band competition

May 05, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg,Baltimoresun.com Staff

Thirteen Baltimore County middle school students on their way to a band competition suffered minor injuries in an accident involving two buses in Frederick County this morning, authorities said.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. as chartered buses from Cockeysville Middle School were traveling southbound on New Design Road, according to Deputy Jennifer Bailey, spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. She said that as one bus began to drive through the intersection of New Design Road and Guilford Drive, the driver of a following bus did not stop quickly enough at a stop sign and rear-ended the first bus.

The driver of the second bus will be cited for "failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision," Bailey said. Authorities did not immediately release the names of either bus driver.

Of the 13 injured students, one girl was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital as a precaution, according to Bailey.

The other 12 students were taken to Frederick Memorial, and they were expected to be released to their parents as they arrived at the hospital, said Erin Seabolt of the Baltimore County public school system.

Kendra Johnson, assistant principal at Cockeysville Middle School, and Charles Kus, central area manager at the Office of Transportation for the Baltimore County public school system, went to Frederick, according to Seabolt. Philip Taylor, principal of Cockeysville Middle School, went to Johns Hopkins, she added.

The school system was also contacting the parents of all the students on the trip to inform them of the incident.

The students were on their way to a band competition at Tuscarora High School in Frederick, according to Seabolt. The trip included the band director, at least five parents and approximately 80 students.

There was a third bus on the trip that was not involved in the accident. Students aboard that bus were taken to the competition, and they were expected to perform this afternoon.

The buses were rented by Cockeysville Middle School from Whitcraft Motor Coach, officials said.

Originally published May 5, 2004, 1:45 PM EDT

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