A bus, chartered to transport 26 eighth graders, two teachers, and a parent chaperone from Charles W Henry School in Philadelphia, was struck by a car as it was traveling southbound on Interstate 95 near Havre de Grace, Maryland, yesterday morning at about 9:30 AM. Several students were injured, including one with critical injuries, as was an adult traveling with the group, the Baltimore Sun reports.
One student was transported by air to Nemours duPont Hospital in Delaware and an adult woman to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, both in critical condition. More than a dozen other people were transported to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Harford Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for minor contusions, lacerations, and sprains. Those people were expected to be released by the end of the day.
Robin Roberts, a member of the school’s advisory council, told the Sun that she had known many of the students since they were in kindergarten at the K-8 school, which is a traditional public school in the School District of Philadelphia. “Now they’re about to graduate; now graduation will be kids in slings and with broken bones,” she was quoted as saying.
The group had left their school at about 7:30, and the SDP said they were on their way to Washington, scheduled to visit the Lincoln and Martin Luther King memorials as well as the Newseum.
The driver of a Honda Civic, who lost control of his vehicle after moving into the fast lane on I-95 to pass the bus, wasn’t identified, and an investigation is ongoing. Initial reports suggest the Honda was driven off the left shoulder, lost control, and clipped the front of the bus while driving back into the southbound lanes. Nothing in the report suggests the driver of the bus, an employee of Werner Bus Lines, which operates several charters in the region, was at fault.