A school bus under contract with the Baltimore City Public Schools crashed head-on into a public transit bus on the west side of the city this morning, killing six people, including both drivers and four passengers on the transit bus, and injuring 10 others, the Baltimore Sun reports.
No students were on board the school bus, but it is unknown how many students might have been riding the transit bus involved in the collision. (Many Baltimore City students ride public transportation to and from school.)
The school bus, which was eastbound on Frederick Avenue in Baltimore, en route to pick up its first batch of students for the morning, rear-ended a Ford Mustang. The driver of the Mustang wasn’t badly injured.
The school bus then hit a pillar in the center of the road and finally drove into oncoming traffic, striking the Maryland Transit Administration Bus No 10 on the driver side in a head-on collision.
The result of that final collision was that both drivers were killed, and four passengers on the MTA bus were also killed. A passenger aboard the school bus, an aide, was injured in the crash, as were eight other people, who were riding the MTA bus.
Injuries ranged from minor to critical, with several victims being transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The names of those killed weren’t immediately reported.
The school bus was operated by AAAFordable Transportation LLC, one of seven bus companies that do business with the Baltimore City Public Schools. According to the company, the 67-year-old driver had a good prior driving record, the Sun reported, but eyewitness accounts said the driver continued moving forward even after hitting the Mustang. Furthermore, the school bus driver was found at fault in three traffic-related cases in the last eight years, the Associated Press reported, citing civil and criminal court records and an attorney.
Baltimore Police spokesperson TJ Smith described the scene as “horrific.” WJZ-TV (CBS affiliate), in the embedded video above, said the National Transportation Safety Board was on the scene. Video footage from the recording equipment on the MTA bus was recovered but may not be usable, since the accident may have damaged it too severely.