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14 students injured after school bus stops suddenly to avoid collision

May 07, 2012
  • Police and rescue officials work at the scene of an incident involving a Washington County Public Schools bus Monday afternoon.
By Dave McMillion/Staff Writer

HAGERSTOWN — Fourteen school students were taken to Meritus Medical Center with minor injuries after their school bus driver applied the brakes to avoid a collision Monday afternoon at the intersection of North Locust Street and Broadway, according to a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman.

The bus driver, who was driving north on North Locust Street, said the driver of a vehicle ran a red light at the intersection with Broadway at about 4:49 p.m., Sgt. Mark Renner said.

When the bus driver applied the brakes, students on the bus hit the seats in front of them, Renner said.

There were 24 students on the bus from Eastern Elementary and Ruth Ann Monroe Primary schools, Renner said. The students were being dropped off in the neighborhood where the incident occurred, Renner said.

The students who were taken to Meritus Medical Center complained of neck and nose pain, Renner said.

Renner said nine of the students were taken to the hospital on the bus and five were transported by private vehicles.

Students on the bus ranged in age from 5 to 11 years old, Renner said.

— Dave McMillion

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