Chimes bus, car collide 8 sustain minor injuries


Eight people suffered minor injuries when a bus carrying developmentally disabled adults collided with a small white GEO Spectrum, flipped over and slammed into a utility pole near the Bonnie View Golf Course in Baltimore County.

The driver of the Spectrum, Aleksander Ushbrenko, 20, of the 6900 block of Ten Timbers Lane, Summit Park, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in fair and stable condition last night.

No one on the bus -- a driver, an attendant and five passengers -- was seriously injured.

Police said the accident occurred about 3 p.m. in the 2100 block of Smith Avenue, as the bus was taking five passengers from The Chimes day-care center nearby to The Chimes School in the 3600 block of Milford Mill Road.

The Spectrum apparently strayed over the center line and collided with the bus, which was westbound on Smith Avenue, police said.

The impact of the collision drove the bus onto a low, grassy rise between the road and the Greens at Smith town house development, where it flipped over and hit the utility pole.

The bus was owned by the Yellow Bus Service Inc. which had a contract with the Chimes School, said Mark L. Joseph, the company president. "The bus was to make another stop before going on to the school," he said. "Fortunately, there was only five passengers on the bus when the accident occurred."

Mr. Ushbrenko will be charged with failure to keep right of the center line, police said.

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