No injuries were reported after a school bus driver on Md. 140 attempted to merge into an occupied lane Wednesday morning, causing a sideswipe collision, according to Maryland State Police.

The driver of the bus was traveling west in the acceleration lane of Md. 140 in Westminster when he attempted to merge at about 6:50 a.m. Wednesday. The bus side-swiped a tractor-trailer that was in the lane, police said. The tractor-trailer, a 2013 Toyota Utility Tractor, was hauling a 2007 Titan Trailer.


The driver of the school bus, whom state police identified as Robert McJilton, 87, of Westminster, was cited for changing lanes when unsafe, police said. Both drivers were able to bring their vehicles to a controlled stop.

The school bus was occupied by three children and two adults, police said, though no injuries were reported.

Carey Gaddis, a spokeswoman for Carroll County Public Schools, confirmed that the children were uninjured. Gaddis said the bus was taking the students to Carroll Springs School and Friendship Valley Elementary School. They were evaluated for injuries and taken to their school by another bus.

Police contacted the school system, which arranged transportation for the students, police said.

The incident remains under investigation by Maryland State Police.

Carroll County Times reporter Catalina Righter contributed to this article.