Three injured when bus hits pickup truck on Route 108


A bus taking Howard County children to a private school in College Park skidded into the rear of a pickup on Route 108 yesterday morning, resulting in three minor injuries.

The accident occurred at 7:18 a.m. as the bus was making rounds eastbound along Route 108 near Beaverbrook Road. Howard County police said wet road conditions caused the bus driver to slam into a pickup truck traveling in front of him.

The driver, Ebrahim Moton, 34, of Baltimore, was given a citation for failure to control his speed to avoid a collision, police said.

Three people received minor injuries, including an 8-year-old girl whose name was not released because of her age. Others treated and released at Howard County General Hospital were a teacher, Mahmoud Hady, 48, of Columbia, and the driver of the pickup truck, Wesley Reed, 35, of Ellicott City.

Moton is employed by the Al-Huda School, a private Muslim school attended by 280 pupils.

Al-Huda runs its own transportation system, consisting of four buses and two vans, a school spokesman said. School officials do not plan to investigate Moton, who they believe was a victim of the rainy weather, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said the children on the bus reacted fairly calmly to the accident, and that the 8-year-old girl was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

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