Two girls were hospitalized after being hit by a school bus yesterday morning in Northeast Baltimore, police said.
The girls, ages 12 and 14, were struck as they attempted to cross Belair Road near Moravia Road about 9:35 a.m., police and fire officials said.
They had just gotten off of a Maryland Transit Administration bus and were on their way to Northeast Middle School, which, like other city schools, opened two hours late yesterday because of icy roads, officials said.
The school system said the 14-year-old suffered a fractured neck and jaw, and injuries to her left eye. She was taken to the Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric unit. Her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, spokeswoman Edie House said.
The 12-year-old was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of a fractured ankle.
Katrina Burroughs, a parent who was nearby when the accident occurred, said she comforted the 14-year-old as she was lying under the bus until paramedics arrived. "I was just kneeling down and talking to the young lady, trying to keep her alert," Burroughs said.
Gladney Transportation, which owns the school bus involved, did not return a call seeking comment.
Fire officials said an adult suffered minor injuries in the accident, which police are investigating. It was unclear whether the adult was a pedestrian or was on the bus.