27 pupils hurt in bus crash near Bowie

May 13, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

Two school buses transporting students to an amusement park collided in Prince George's County yesterday morning, resulting in 27 middle-schoolers being treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.

The vehicles were part of a six-bus convoy from Lindale Middle School in Linthicum heading to Six Flags America theme park at Largo when one bus rear-ended the other about 10 a.m. at Route 301 and Annapolis Road, near Bowie.

The 67 children on the two buses were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center where they were evaluated, and 27 of them were treated for minor bumps, bruises and headaches, said Margot Mohsberg, a hospital spokeswoman.

Two pupils were transported by ambulance, but their injuries were also minor, Mohsberg said.

State police identified the driver of the rear bus as Lee M. Evans, 75, of Baltimore. He was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and negligent driving, according to a news release.

At Anne Arundel Medical Center yesterday, beds were set up in the lobby of the emergency room while the medical staff evaluated students.

"I just want to see her," said Marina Kostelec, 43, waiting outside the hospital's meditation room while her daughter Danika, 13, was examined. Kostelec complimented the hospital's staff.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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