A school bus crash in Upper Marlboro, Md., had all the attention of Prince George’s County rescue crews as there were reports that more than a dozen students were sustaining minor injuries.
According to fire department spokesman Mark Brady, at about 2:45 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, a pickup truck smashed the bus from behind on southbound Route 301 near Marlboro. Pike. The bus appeared to have been stopped when it was hit.
The bus driver suffered minor injuries while one of the 32 students on board, suffered a knee injury. They were transported to the local hospital. Emergency team noted that the injuries suffered by other students were just minor which they described as bumps and bruises. Brady said that after they had a check up, they were immediately released to their parents.
The pickup operator was taken to a trauma center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to Brady. He appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed.
Brady said that the bus was loaded with students traveling from Barack Obama Elementary School in Upper Marlboro..
Due to the accident, the Southbound Route 301 was closed from 2:445 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
There are more than 450,000 yellow school buses transporting 25 million children between home and school every day. The number represented about 55 percent of the K-12 population. School buses travel approximately 4.3 billion miles annually, they keep about 17.3 million cars off the roads surrounding schools each morning.
School buses are the safest mode of transportation for children to get to and from school; and they are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), reported that around 24 children are killed in school bus accidents in an average year. Very few of these fatalities happen on the bus. One-third of fatalities occur when a child is struck by a vehicle while in the loading/unloading zone, one-third are struck by motorists who fail to stop for the school bus, and one-third are pedestrians who are killed as they approach or leave the school bus stop.
Car accident victims may be entitles to financial compensation for pain and suffering in addition to economic damages.
Please consult an experienced Baltimore, Maryland car accident lawyer.