Three separate crashes involving Harford County school buses were reported Friday morning, each attributed to winter weather.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office received more than 20 calls for service between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday morning, according to spokeswoman Monica Worrell, when a passing snow squall resulted in light accumulation and slick roads throughout the area. But Worrell said none resulted in major injuries.
Three incidents, two in Bel Air and one in Havre de Grace, involved school buses. In two cases, students were present on the bus at the time of the accident. All three accidents were blamed on weather-related errors made by the driver of the other vehicle or vehicles involved, rather than the school bus driver, Worrell said.
The first accident occurred at 6:48 a.m. at the intersection of Route 1 and E. Broadway in Bel Air. No children were present on the bus at the time of the accident, and no injuries were reported.
Another incident occurred at 7:02 a.m. at the intersection of Route 155 and Paradise Road in Havre de Grace. Students were present on the bus, but no injuries were reported.
The third crash happened at about 7:14 a.m. when a car slid under the back of a school bus at the intersection of Treadmore Road and Churchville Road in Bel Air. Students were present on the bus at the time, but no injuries were reported.
Further details on the cause and nature of the crashes was not immediately available Friday afternoon, Worrell said.
Harford County schools opened on time Friday, while Baltimore County, Carroll County, and Howard County schools all opened two hours late.
Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said the decision to open, delay, or close the county’s schools is made “with the best available information” and in consultation with local agencies.
Harford County Public Schools has a set process for monitoring weather conditions, physically assessing road conditions, and communicating with local and state agencies to make decisions regarding the school system operating schedule during inclement weather events. Weather and temperature forecasts are also closely monitored using “Accuweather” and other sources of information. The decision is made based on the conditions observed and the best available information at that time. When conditions change rapidly, once the decision is made to open school, we expect that all of our bus drivers and the motoring public exercise caution appropriate for the weather conditions.