Driver hits school bus head-on

September 25, 2000

Driver hits school bus head-on


FUNKSTOWN - Thirty Washington County Technical High School students were uninjured when the bus taking them home Monday afternoon was struck by a pickup truck on a bridge over Antietam Creek at Funkstown, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The accident was the second involving a school bus Monday. The first occurred Monday morning near Smithsburg.

In the Funkstown accident, the school bus was crossing a one-lane bridge over Antietam Creek on Oak Ridge Drive at around 3:26 p.m. when it was struck head-on by a pickup truck driven by Sean Allan Barna, 32, of 2 N. Main St. in Smithsburg, Deputy Scott Smith said.

Barna was charged in the bus accident and in another collision minutes earlier on Baltimore Street in Funkstown, Smith said.

Smith alleged that Barna was driving a 1987 Chevrolet pickup west on East Baltimore Street in Funkstown when he went through a red light and struck a Ford F450 pickup that was making a left turn from Antietam Street onto Oak Ridge Drive.


The Ford was driven by Grant Simmons of Florida.

Smith said Barna continued west on East Baltimore Street, made a right, and drove onto the one-lane bridge over Antietam Creek.

The pickup hit the school bus, which was halfway across the bridge, he alleged.

The bus was dented and scratched and the pickup truck was moderately damaged, said Smith.

Barna walked away from the bus accident scene and was stopped by deputies a short while later on Hebb Road, Smith alleged.

Deputies alleged that Barna took a breathalyzer test, which showed he had a .22 blood-alcohol content level. Adults are considered driving while intoxicated when they have a blood-alcohol level of .1 or higher.

Barna was charged with 20 traffic citations including giving false information/name to a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, taking an owner's vehicle without consent, driving while suspended on an out-of-state driver's license, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, driving while intoxicated, driving through a red light and driving a vehicle with an open container.

He was also charged with obstructing and hindering, giving a false statement to a police officer, giving a false identity to a police officer and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Hours earlier Washington County School District bus driver Christina Ann Wachsmuth was taking a bus full of Smithsburg secondary students to school on Md. 77 when the bus skidded on the slick road and sideswiped a dump truck.

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