No students hurt in accident involving school bus

Mapleville Road at the scene of the crash was closed for about an hour

January 19, 2012
  • A tow truck operator sweeps up debris as students wait to board another bus after a school bus, van, and a vehicle were involved in an accident on Mapleville Road in Boonsboro Thursday afternoon.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — No students were injured in a three-vehicle accident involving a school bus Thursday afternoon on Mapleville Road north of Benevola Church Road, according to state police and a public schools spokesman.

The crash, reported about 3:52 p.m., happened as Bus No. 430 carrying 37 students was traveling north on Mapleville Road near Boonsboro, according to a Maryland State Police news release.

As the bus was coming to a stop, a 2011 Chrysler 200 entered the southbound lane of Mapleville Road from a driveway and struck a van traveling south, the release said.

As a result of the impact, the van was pushed into northbound lane where it struck the bus, the release said.

The driver of the bus, Terry Willman of Clear Spring, and the driver of the van, Matthew Hood of Boonsboro, were not hurt, police said.

The driver of the car, Laura Amy Burl of the 8800 block of Mapleville Road, was taken to Meritus Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries, the release said.

Burl was cited for failing to yield right of way when entering a highway from a private driveway, police said.

At the time of the crash, the bus's yellow lights were flashing, but no red lights were illuminated and its stop sign had not been extended, police said.

A student on the bus experienced an asthma problem, but it was not related to the crash, police said.

Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said he did not know which school or schools the students were from.

The Boonsboro elementary, middle and high school campus is off Mapleville Road.

Mapleville Road at the scene of the crash was closed for about an hour due to the crash, police said.

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