Harford school bus with kids aboard involved in accident near Bel Air

A school bus with students aboard was involved in a minor accident near Bel Air Wednesday afternoon.

The accident was reported at Red Pump and Vale roads, Richard Gardiner, spokesperson with the Harford County Fire and EMS Association, said.

First responders arrived at the scene around 4:25 p.m. to find a car and a school bus were involved, he said. The intersection is near the entrance to Red Pump Elementary School, where students are dismissed at 4 p.m.

Gardiner confirmed the bus involved was transporting Harford County Public Schools students. HCPS spokesperson Lindsay Bilodeau confirmed the bus was coming from Red Pump Elementary.

Edward Hopkins, spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said the collision resulted in only property damage.

Hopkins there were about 20 students on the bus. None of the students suffered injuries, he said.

Hopkins said there were two people in the other vehicle. He said it was initially believed the driver of that vehicle was suffering from injuries, but he was not.

According to preliminary reports, Hopkins said, it appears the other vehicle struck the bus and the accident was the fault of the driver of the other vehicle.

The car was driven by Donna Lee Young, of the 4500 block of Countryside Lane in Baldwin, according to the Sheriff's Office accident report. The bus was driven by Stephen Curtis Kelly, of Corbin Bus Inc., a school system contractor.

According to the accident report, the school bus was driving through the intersection at Red Pump Road and Vale Road when the other vehicle started driving toward it after failing to yield the right of way. The intersection is controlled by a 4-way stop sign.

The vehicle swerved around the bus and scraped the bus' front bumper. The vehicle's rear end was also damaged in the crash, according to the report.

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