HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) — A bus carrying dozens of Pennsylvania eighth-grade to Washington, D.C., for a field trip overturned on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland on Monday, state police said. Officials said one child and one teacher were seriously injured.
The bus carrying 26 children from Charles W. Henry School, three chaperones, and the driver overturned at least once on the highway near Havre de Grace, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said. One child and one adult were flown to trauma centers in Maryland and Delaware. Others were taken to hospitals by ambulance, police said. No deaths have been reported.
One teacher was flown to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s trauma center in Baltimore, but was still going through triage, the University of Maryland Medical System said in a statement. A spokeswoman for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, said a student had been taken there.
Neither facility would give information on the patients’ injuries or conditions.
The University of Maryland said in a statement that 17 patients were taken to its hospital in Harford County. Nine patients were taken to another of the university’s hospitals in Havre de Grace. Two children were taken from a Maryland hospital to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Steven Fountain, an emergency physician at Harford Memorial Hospital, said he did not expect any of the patients to be held overnight. He said many of the patients suffered muscle strains and contusions.
Police in Maryland say a car that tried to pass the bus clipped it, causing it to overturn.
State Police say the southbound car lost control Monday morning as it tried to pass the bus on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland, came back across travel lanes and clipped the front of the bus.
A group of Philadelphia police recruits on a commercial bus behind the overturned bus stopped to help, he said.
Video from the scene showed a person on a stretcher being wheeled away from the overturned bus to a waiting medevac helicopter and others being carried to ambulances. There’s damage to the hill and a stretch of guardrail on the right side of the highway, where the bus rested on the guardrail. At least two other buses and several cars were stopped near the overturned white bus with no apparent markings.
Media outlets report that the bus was operated by Phoenixville, Pennsylvania-based charter company Werner Coach. Calls to the company’s president were not immediately returned.