Howard police cite driver after bus crash on Centennial Lane

All nine people sent to Howard County General Hospital after a three-vehicle crash on Centennial Lane Wednesday morning have been released, Howard County police said Thursday, June 6.

The crash, which involved a school bus, sent four adults and five children to the hospital.

Police said that out of the 55 students on the bus traveling to Centennial Lane Elementary School, the five students sent to the hospital included two six-year-old girls, a seven-year-old boy, a nine-year-old girl and 10-year-old girl.

The incident occured about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, near the intersection of Centennial Lane and Breconshire Road, less than a half-mile from the school, according to the county's Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

According to police, the bus was traveling south on Centennial Lane when it collided with a van, which then collided with a car. The driver and two adult passengers in the van, and the driver and five children on the school bus were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

The driver of the school bus, Samuel Stokes Jr., 63, of Baltimore, has been cited with failure to control speed to avoid a collision and negligent driving, according to police. Police said they believe Stokes may have turned his head to address the students when the collision occurred.

The driver of the car was not injured, according to police.

"The accident was not serious but police and fire department personnel were called to the scene," Centennial Lane Principal Brad Herling wrote in an email to parents after the incident. "Children were asked if they were hurt when the accident occurred and several children reported bumps and bruises."

Herling said these students were transported to the hospital and parents were contacted. Other children on the bus walked to school under the supervision of school staff and parent volunteers, he said.

Herling said the health room would be checking with any students who reported concerns throughout the day.

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