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Patients in Randallstown crash released from hospital

A bus overturned in Randallstown Tuesday, sending seven people to area hospitals with injuries.
A bus overturned in Randallstown Tuesday, sending seven people to area hospitals with injuries. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

A bus driver and seven passengers were treated and released from the hospital after a collision in Randallstown on Tuesday, according to the company that owned the transport vehicle.

Police and fire officials were called shortly before 9:30 a.m. to the crash involving a bus owned by Progress Unlimited, Inc. Medical Day Care and a car at Meadow Heights and McDonogh roads.

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Mary Gatto, Executive Director of Progress Unlimited, Inc., a nonprofit that serves adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Owings Mills, said the bus driver and the seven program participants suffered non life-threatening injuries. All were taken to local hospitals where they were treated and released.

"Thanks to the quick action of our driver and several good Samaritans, all were freed from their wheelchairs and taken to safety," Gatto said in an email. "We very much appreciate the assistance of the Baltimore County Police. One officer even transferred a participant to a local hospital because he was too afraid to board the ambulance," she said.

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Police have not said what caused the crash. Gatto said that the other driver failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the side of the bus which caused it to flip on its side.

She said the bus and the driver are properly certified.

Last week, a city school bus struck a transit bus, killing six adults, including the drivers of both buses. In September, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration had informed Glenn Chappell that he was no longer authorized to drive a school bus, unless he provided documentation that a doctor had cleared him to drive. But the Baltimore school system was not informed that his driving privileges had been suspended, and Chappell continued to drive.

Police had initially identified the bus as a Maryland Transit Administration vehicle, but an MTA spokesman said on Tuesday the bus did not belong to the agency.

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Baltimore Sun reporter Carrie Wells contributed to this story.

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