A potentially deadly situation occurred recently when a pickup pulled out in front of a loaded St. Mary’s County school bus on Great Mills Road. Auto accidents involving school buses can ofter result in injury to numerous children riding in the vehicle. I’m well aware of this as a Maryland automobile accident lawyer. In this case, the kids onboard were not injured, although the man driving the pickup truck apparently remained hospitalized following the crash.
The traffic wreck occurred just before 7am on the morning of Wednesday, December 16, when a 1999 Dodge truck driven by 55-year-old resident of Lexington Park failed to yield to the school bus. According to reports, William Woodley Dyson pulled out of Prather Drive directly into the path of the oncoming school bus, which then hit the man’s pickup truck.
According to the sheriff’s office, five children and the bus driver, 31-year-old Torri Lavore Hall of Lexington Park, were taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for evaluation, while the pickup driver was flown via Maryland State Police Trooper 7 helicopter to Prince George’s Shock Trauma.
The five Little Flower School students on the bus, whose ages ranged from 6 to 13 years, along with the bus driver were reportedly in good condition following the crash. The kids were released from the hospital back in school by lunchtime.
According to reports, this is the second parochial school bus accident in as many weeks. Previous to this latest crash, a bus that transports students to St. John’s School and St. Mary’s Ryken High School was involved in a collision the morning of December 9 on St. Andrew’s Church Road.
St. Mary’s County government oversees 43 buses run by 18 contractors. The buses service 11 private elementary schools as well as St. Mary’s Ryken High School by transporting between 1,600 and 1,900 children.
Students not hurt as bus, truck collide, SoMDNew.com, December 18, 2009