Five people, including four students at a local high school who were waiting at a bus stop, were hurt when a car drove off the road and into the group of students on the sidewalk Tuesday morning in the Aspen Hill area in Montgomery County.
The crash happened just before 7 a.m. near Wendy Lane and Georgia Avenue. Some lanes in the area were blocked during the morning rush hour.
The students attend John F. Kennedy High School, which is about three miles from the crash site.
Derek Turner, school district spokesman, said three students suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and one is listed in critical condition. The Kennedy High School community has been notified, and counselors are on hand to help students in need.
Students “are holding their breath, trying to make sure their fellow student is OK,” he said.
Paul Starks, a spokesman for Montgomery County police, said an initial investigation found that two cars — a blue Ford and a white Volkswagen — collided on Georgia Avenue, just south of where the students were waiting at the bus stop. The white vehicle left the road and went onto the sidewalk, striking the students, Starks said.
The 25-year-old driver of the Blue Ford was not hurt. A 21-year-old man who was driving the white vehicle was hurt, but the extent of his injuries was not known.
The crash is under investigation.
On Twitter, officials at Kennedy High School wrote that students at the school had been “injured at a bus stop this morning after being struck by a vehicle.”
“Please keep our students in your thoughts this morning,” it said.
The incident was another blow to a Montgomery County school system already mourning the death of a Northwest High School student who died last Wednesday in a crash. Josh Snyder, 17, was killed on Interstate 270 as he was driving to an internship opportunity. His car veered slightly and he hit the rear of a box truck parked on the shoulder of the highway, police said.
The tragedies come less than a week apart.
The latest crash comes as Montgomery and other jurisdictions nationally prepare to celebrate Walk to School Day, planned for Wednesday.
In 2014, the day before International Walk to School Day, two students at Kingsview Middle School were struck by a car as they walked to school in Germantown. It happened at the intersection of Kingsview Road and Clopper Road. They were not seriously injured.
And in 2012, a 15-year-old Germantown girl was struck and killed by a vehicle as she crossed part of Route 118 on a dark and overcast day. Police said Christina Morris-Ward was wearing dark clothing and was two or three blocks from the campus of Seneca Valley High School, where she was a sophomore.