11 students hurt in car-bus collision


Five students from Loyola Blakefield and six pupils from Dumbarton Middle School were injured yesterday -- one of them seriously -- when a Ford Mustang driven by a teen-ager slammed into the back of a Baltimore County school bus.

Larry Williams, 16, an 11th-grader at Loyola Blakefield, a private boys school in Towson, suffered a broken right leg and was in serious condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was a passenger in the Mustang.

The other students -- none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries -- were treated at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Sinai Hospital, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a spokeswoman for county police.

The 3 p.m. accident at Malvern Avenue and Charles Street, in front of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, shut a section of Charles between Towsontown Boulevard and the main entrance to Sheppard Pratt Hospital for about three hours.

Witnesses, including two Loyola students who knew all of the Loyola boys injured in the accident, said the Mustang belonged to a Loyola senior.

Officer Eric Baumer of the county police crash investigation team said the Mustang was southbound on Charles Street when it crashed into the rear of the northbound school bus as the bus driver attempted to turn left onto Malvern Avenue.

Baumer said the intersection is controlled by a traffic signal but that it was not known who had the red light and who had the green. "That's part of the investigation," he said.

The driver of the car hit the brakes but was unable to stop in time. The Mustang struck the back of the bus and spun around, witnesses said.

Those who know the driver say he often offers rides to friends who need to catch the bus. The nearest bus stop to Loyola is across the street from GBMC.

The bus driver told school officials that he had a green arrow to turn left from Charles onto Malvern and could see the Mustang coming toward the bus, which had 18 pupils on board, said Charles A. Herndon, a spokesman for the county schools.

"He said he gassed it to try to beat the Mustang," Herndon said.

Firefighters had to cut Williams out of the front passenger seat of the Mustang because his legs were trapped under the dashboard, witnesses said. "He was awake, and he was yelling for help," said Jacob Thrasher, 15, a 10th-grader, who was among several Loyola students walking on Charles.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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