Five Northwest Middle School students were sent to Carroll County Hospital Center on Wednesday afternoon after the school bus they were riding was struck by a car at the intersection of Union Bridge and Middleburg roads in Taneytown.
All of the injuries were minor and all of the students were released from the hospital, according to Mike Hardesty, director of transportation at Carroll County Public Schools.
Twenty-one Northwest Middle students, ranging in age from 11 to 14 years old, were on the bus when it collided at 3:22 p.m., Wednesday, with a 2015 Mazda passenger car driven by an 18-year-old New Windsor man, according to Cpl. Jonathan Light, a spokesperson for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The bus was being driven by a 57-year-old woman, according to Light, and traveling westbound on Middleburg Road when the crash occurred.
Carey Gaddis, communications officer for Carroll County Public Schools, said that Northwest Middle School Assistant Principal Dave Bortz reported to the scene and most students were released to parents. The remaining students were transported home on another bus.
Hardesty said Thursday afternoon that the school bus driver involved in the collision was taken to the hospital for minor injuries to her wrist. She is an employee of Millers Bus Service in Taneytown, who contracts with CCPS to provide transportation to students.
“The investigation is still open and charges, if any, will be determined at a later time,” Light said.
This story may be updated.