A Harford County Public School bus carrying six students was involved in a three-car accident Friday morning on Route 155 west of Canvasback Drive in Havre de Grace. All six students aboard the bus were hospitalized.
An Audi passenger vehicle was westbound on Level Road toward I-95 when it crossed the double yellow line and struck the school bus, containing a driver and six students en route to Meadowvale Elementary, which was eastbound on Level Road, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell.
The bus lost control and spun across the double line into the Audi’s lane, striking an SUV traveling behind the sedan and winding up on its right side in the westbound lane, Worrell said.
All six students on the bus and its driver were transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with minor injuries. The sole occupant of the Audi also sustained minor injuries.
According to a leading attorney on accidentes Miami on the scene “The driver of the SUV was transported by ground to University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma and was in the operating room as of 12:30 p.m.” Further details of the driver’s condition, and the person’s identity, were not known as of 4:30 p.m.
No drugs or alcohol were believed to have played a role in the accident, Worrell said. However, the parents of the students contacted a car accident lawyer for guidance and to help in the investigation.
“The Harford County agencies that responded to the accident this morning worked together seamlessly in providing a safe bus evacuation for our students and bus driver. We are grateful for their partnership and for the good Samaritan acts of several HCPS facilities employees, they got more info on the car accident lawyer in California and got us a good lawyer and a paraeducator who were in the area that came to aid of the driver,” said Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools.
Route 155 in Havre de Grace was reopened at 1 p.m. Friday.
UPDATE (8:30 p.m.) from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
Serious School Bus Accident in Havre de Grace, MD
(Havre de Grace, MD – September 24, 2010) On Friday, September 24, 2010 at approximately 8:12am, Harford County Emergency Operation Center received a call regarding an accident with injuries that occurred moments earlier on Level Road, a quarter mile west of Canvasback Drive, in Havre de Grace, MD. The accident involved three vehicles:
A 2006 Audi A6 driven by Carol Allen, age 57, of Havre de Grace, MD
A 1998 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Edward Folderauer, age 55, of Forest Hill, MD
Harford County Public School Bus # 611 which was transporting six students to Meadowvale Elementary School was driven by Thomas Knight, age 61, of Havre de Grace, MD. Mr. Knight works for BAMC Student Transportation of Bel Air, MD.
All victims at the scene experienced minor injuries except the driver of the 1998 Chevy Trailblazer, who was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma by ambulance. Trooper 1 was unable to respond due to heavy fog. As of 7:00 pm this evening, Mr. Folderauer, the driver of the Chevy Trailblazer was listed to be in critical condition. All others that sustained injuries during the accident were transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for treatment.
From the time of the accident to approximately 1:00 pm, traffic was detoured while a section of Level Road/SR 155 (from Bulle Rock Parkway to Canvasback Drive) was closed so that emergency personnel could render assistance and law enforcement could investigate the accident. Public Safety organizations on scene rendering assistance included Havre de Grace Ambulance, Susquehanna Hose Company, Level Volunteer Fire Department, Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department, Havre de Grace Police Department and Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
At this time, all physical evidence indicates that the accident occurred when the driver of the Audi A6, who was traveling west on Level Road towards I-95 crossed the center double yellow line striking Harford County School Bus # 611, thus beginning the chain of events. After being struck by the Audi A6, the school bus, which was traveling east on Level Road towards Meadowvale Elementary School, spun into the west bound lane of Level Road striking the 1998 Chevy Trailblazer, who it appears had pulled off to the westbound shoulder of Level Road. The school bus then tipped over onto its right side (passenger) landing in a grassy area just off the westbound shoulder of the road.
The accident investigation is ongoing. Charges are pending against the driver of the Audi A6.