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Police and emergency responders evaluate the scene of a crash involving a school bus in the 1400 block of Md. 832 in Westminster Monday morning, Nov. 4, 2019. The accident, which closed the road in both directions, was reported at 8:52 a.m.
Police and emergency responders evaluate the scene of a crash involving a school bus in the 1400 block of Md. 832 in Westminster Monday morning, Nov. 4, 2019. The accident, which closed the road in both directions, was reported at 8:52 a.m. (Dylan Slagle)

A pickup truck rear-ended a Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) bus carrying at least 40 students on Old Taneytown Road in Westminster on Monday morning, and none were transported for injuries, officials say.

The 2013 Dodge RAM truck hit bus No. 43 at about 8:52 a.m. at 1439 Old Taneytown Road, according to Cpl. Michael Karas, of the Maryland State Police, Westminster barrack.

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The driver of the truck, Westminster resident William Bottner, 78, was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to control the speed of his vehicle to avoid a collision, Karas said. The bus’ stop sign arm was extended and red flashing lights were on at the time of the crash, according to Karas.

Emergency responders evaluate the scene of a crash involving a school bus in the 1400 block of Md. 832 in Westminster Monday morning, Nov. 4, 2019. The accident, which closed the road in both directions, was reported at 8:52 a.m.
Emergency responders evaluate the scene of a crash involving a school bus in the 1400 block of Md. 832 in Westminster Monday morning, Nov. 4, 2019. The accident, which closed the road in both directions, was reported at 8:52 a.m. (Dylan Slagle)

The bus was stopped at a bus stop on the way to Runnymede Elementary School, transporting 42 students, said Brenda Bowers, communications coordinator for CCPS. Karas said there were 44 students on board. Charlie Simpson, public information officer for Pleasant Valley fire company, said there were 44 or 45 students on the bus.

One female student was evaluated by emergency personnel, but not transported for treatment, Karas said.

All of the students initially reported no injuries or discomfort after the crash, then one girl said she had a “headache,” according to CCPS communications specialist Carey Gaddis. Emergency services personnel brought her into an ambulance to examine her, then the girl said she felt better, Gaddis said. The girl’s parents picked her up and later brought her to school, Gaddis said.

The rest of the students were taken from the crash scene to school in what Bowers called a “spare bus.”

The bus driver and truck driver were uninjured, Simpson said.

Parents were notified of the crash, according to Bowers.

Bus No. 43 will be out of commission for repairs, Gaddis said, but the transportation department expects it will be back on the road eventually. It was towed from the scene, she said.

The bus has a rear engine, which does “complicate” repairs that are expected to cost more than $3,000, according to Gaddis.

“We do consider it a major accident,” Gaddis said. “The school bus did its job as far as being safe. ... We’re fortunate.”

Another bus will be used temporarily in its place, according to Gaddis.

The pickup truck was also towed, according to Karas.

In January, another bus transporting students from Runnymede Elementary was in a crash, sending four people to Carroll Hospital with minor injuries.

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Accidents involving school buses in Carroll County occur somewhat regularly, but only rarely are they serious. According to Carroll County Public Schools data, 45 accidents were reported in 2016, 65 in 2017, 75 in 2018 and 12 through mid-March 2019. Thirteen accidents over that time span resulted in personal injury, and 31 resulted in “appreciable” property damage (at least $3,000).

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