Schools Girl fell from bus' emergency door A...

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

October 21, 2006

Schools

Girl fell from bus' emergency door

A 14-year-old girl who fell from a county school bus and was sent to the hospital this week fell after students flung open the rear emergency exit door of the bus and started jumping off while the driver put the vehicle into gear, according to a county police report released yesterday.

The girl, who was in the third seat from the back of the bus heading from Chesapeake High School on Thursday, told police she thought the driver was stopping, but he accelerated instead and she "fell off the back of the bus," according to the report.

The girl, whose injuries to her head, neck and back were described as minor, lost consciousness for a short time and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, police said. School officials and police were unable to provide an update of the girl's condition yesterday.

Charles A. Herndon, a school system spokesman, said the bus driver "has been pulled from the route" while the system conducts an investigation. He said school officials could not elaborate on yesterday's police report.

The incident occurred about 2:25 p.m. but wasn't reported to police for almost an hour, police said. Authorities were unable to interview other students on the bus because they had already gone home by the time police learned of the accident.

Witnesses, including bus drivers who passed by, told police that the students on the bus were throwing things at the bus driver and acting rowdy, the police report states.

The bus driver said he knew the emergency exit door was open, but decided to drive back to the Essex school, according to the report, which also states that the driver said he didn't know any of the students had been injured.

"When students realized he was going back to the school they began jumping out the back emergency door," said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.

Gina Davis and Nick Shields

Towson

Candidates forum set for Tuesday

Candidates for the House of Delegates 42nd District are expected to attend a forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Towson University.

The forum will be in the University Union Potomac Lounge.

Candidates for the three House seats are: Republicans Susan Aumann, Dilip Paliath and William Frank; and Democrats Andrew Belt, Stephen Lafferty and Tracy Miller.

Limited parking will be available in the Union Garage. Information: 410- 704-2958.

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