School bus driver no longer on the job
By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer
The woman who was driving a school bus last month when it collided with a dump truck near Smithsburg is out of a job after the contractor who owned the bus decided to get out of the business, Washington County Board of Education officials said Friday.
Ruth Bumbaugh employed driver Christine Ann Wachsmuth, who was driving the bus carrying 47 students the morning of Sept. 25 on Md. 77 when it began to slide down the steep, rain-slicked road.
Wachsmuth wasn't able to steer out of the skid and the bus crossed the center line at a sharp curve where it side-swiped the dump truck, Maryland State Police said.
Thirty-nine middle and high school students were taken to local hospitals, but no one was admitted.
Wachsmuth, 36, of Smithsburg, was found at fault for the accident, but was not charged, state police said.