A morning crash on Route 2 in Anne Arundel County involving an MTA bus and two vehicles sent five people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Maryland Transit Administration officials said.

MTA spokesman Joe Sviatko said that the incident involved an MTA bus traveling northbound on Ritchie Highway and Arnold Road. Five bus passengers were sent to two area hospitals with life-threatening injuries, Sviatko said. The bus driver has been an MTA employee since 1983 and, as with standard operating procedure, has been removed from service and is undergoing alcohol and drug screening, Sviatko said.

Sviatko said he did not know of any injuries to those in the vehicles.

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