19-year-old driver of car that hit charter bus in Baltimore County dies

The 19-year-old driver of an Infiniti that collided with a charter bus on Falls Road on Wednesday morning has died, according to Baltimore County police.

Police said Joel William Drawbaugh of Havre de Grace was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place at Brick Store and Falls roads close to the Carroll County line near Prettyboy Reservoir.

Crews from Carroll and Baltimore counties responded to the scene at about 10:50 a.m.

According to police, the charter bus was carrying 41 students from St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel on their way to a retreat at River Valley Ranch in Manchester.

Seven passengers and the driver of the bus were transported to Carroll Hospital Center with minor injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the Infiniti was traveling south on Falls Road north of Brick Store Road. The charter bus had become stuck while attempting to turn left onto northbound Falls Road from eastbound Brick Store Road. As the Infiniti entered the intersection it struck the rear driver side of the bus.

The driver of the Infiniti was trapped in his vehicle. Fire and rescue personnel freed him from the vehicle at 11:31 a.m. A Maryland State Police Medevac was requested but was canceled when the patient went into trauma arrest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Confirmation of his death was delayed pending notification of his family.

Police said an investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.

Falls Road remained closed between Gunpowder Road and Beckleysville Road into the afternoon rush hour during crash reconstruction efforts.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Catalina Righter contributed to this article.

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