15 students injured in bus crash Injuries minor in 2nd accident in 2 days


Fifteen North Carroll Middle School students were treated at Carroll County General Hospital for minor injuries yesterday after the second school bus accident in the county in two days.

The students were treated and released by 3 p.m, said Teresa Fletcher, a hospital spokeswoman.

A bus carrying 36 students to school was traveling west on Carrollton Road west of Emory Church Road shortly before 7:30 a.m. and was slowing to pick up passengers when a 1984 Ford Bronco headed east rounded a curve, crossed the center line and struck the front of the bus, state police said.

Carrollton Road, between Hampstead and Westminster, was closed for about three hours while police investigated the accident.

Police identified the driver of the Bronco as John V. Appler, 17, of the 700 block of Lees Mills Road in Hampstead.

Mr. Appler sustained minor injuries but refused treatment, police reported. He was charged with negligent driving.

The bus driver, Deborah E. Huffman, 36, of the 1300 block of N. Main St. in Hampstead, was not injured in the collision.

School administrators notified each passenger's parents about the accident and the uninjured students were in classes by noon, said James Doolan, supervisor of transportation.

None of the 26 Freedom Elementary School students involved in a school bus accident Monday was injured.

The 7:30 a.m. accident occurred when a school bus struck the rear of a pickup truck that had stopped for construction work on Bartholow Road south of Cherry Tree Lane.

Children were kept on the bus until they were examined by emergency medical personnel, said Cpl. Neal Wuethrich of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

The pickup's driver, Thomas Warfield Rogers, of the 1100 block of Canterbury Court in Sykesville, was treated and released at Northwest Hospital Center after the school bus, driven by Thomas Joseph Tallent, 64, struck his truck.

The pickup had stopped at the instruction of a flagman, Corporal Wuethrich said.

Mr. Tallent was charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

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