The 1-year-old child injured in a Wednesday morning crash involving a school bus in Columbia has been released from the hospital, according to Howard County Police spokeswoman Mary T. Phelan.

The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore after the vehicle her mother was driving collided with a school bus on Little Patuxent Parkway near Hickory Ridge Road. 

According to Howard County Police, an Acura driven by Ashley Nicole Smith, 23, of Columbia, attempted to turn left in front of a school bus carrying two students traveling east on the road when it was struck on the rear passenger side, where her daughter was sitting in a child safety seat.

Smith refused treatment at the scene in order to be with her daughter.


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Five people on the school bus -- two students, the driver and two aides -- were not injured, police said. The two students, both boys and Columbia residents, are age 6 and 10. The driver was Tracy Rae Crowder, 51, and the aides were Jamie Kirby, 20, and Della Rosenberger, 51.

Phelan said the school bus was headed to the Forbush School in Hunt Valley.

According to its website, the Forbush school provides "special education and related services for children ages 5 to 21 with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, developmental delays in one or more areas, severe behavioral problems, multiple learning problems and other related disorders."

A second school bus responded to the scene and transported the students to school.

No charges have been filed and police are continuing to investigate the incident.