A Harford County man has been cited for his role in a Tuesday crash involving a school bus carrying Carroll County Public Schools students and staff.
The crash occurred around 12:22 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, on Md. 97 near Silver Run Valley Road.
Michael Kulik, 29, of the unit block of Neptune Drive in Joppa, was driving a 2014 Jeep Cherokee north on Md. 97 when, for an unknown reason, his vehicle crossed the yellow center line and collided with the front of the southbound school bus, according to Lt. Rebecca Bosley, commander of the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack.
The Carroll County Board of Education was informed immediately, according to Bosley.
The bus was transporting students home from a half-day program at Runnymede Elementary School and two pre-kindergarten students, the driver of the bus and a bus assistant were on board at the time of the crash, according to Mike Hardesty, CCPS director of transportation.
The students were examined at the scene and at Carroll Hospital, and released to their parents Tuesday evening, he said.
“The driver and bus assistant were injured, but are going to be OK. The driver plans to take a couple of days off and report back to work on Monday,” Hardesty said.
“The assistant had some broken ribs, but will also be OK. The driver is the mother of the assistant, so it is a mother-daughter team on the bus.”
After reviewing footage from the cameras on the bus, Hardesty said, it was apparent the driver did everything she could to avoid the collision, but the impact damaged the front left wheel and disabled the steering.
“Excellent reaction on the part of the driver; she did everything should could,” he said. “She immediately went and got the children off the bus — that was her first thought. I sent her a letter today to commend her for everything.”
The bus, a 2016 model, is expected to be totaled, according to Hardesty.
Kulik was offered but refused medical treatment at the hospital, according to Bosley, and was found at fault and issued a citation.
Anyone with information about the crash should contact the Westminster Barrack at 410-386-3000, she said.