State police on Friday charged the driver who investigators said pulled out in front of a tour bus carrying a group of Kent County kindergarten students and parents to the National Zoo in Washington.
Carl Trenz Jr., 49, of the 100 block of Big Holly Court in Stevensville faces reckless driving, negligent driving and related charges after the Queen Anne's County crash that sent 17 people to area hospitals on Thursday.
Trenz was driving a 2010 Volkswagen Toureg and pulled out from White Marsh Road onto southbound Route 213, directly into the path of the southbound tour bus, state police said. The bus driver, Curtis A. Dorsey, 86, of Still Pond, swerved to avoid a crash, forcing the bus off the right side of the road. The bus then struck a telephone pole and turned over onto its right side in a field, police said.
Most of the passengers were able to exit the bus through the broken windshield. Sixteen of the 35 children and adults on the bus were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Trenz was also taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, police said.