Charges are pending in a Queen Anne's County crash that sent 17 people to area hospitals, including ten children, Maryland police said. None of the injuries is believed to be life-threatening, according to police.
Authorities say that shortly before 9 a.m., a Volkswagen SUV turn left onto southbound Route 213 into the path of an oncoming bus, which swerved to avoid a collision.
The bus then hit a utility pole and flipped onto its passenger side. One adult was flown to a shock trauma center in Baltimore. The others were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.
The driver of the Volkswagen was identified as 49-year-old Carl Trenz, Jr. of Stevensville. He was transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries.
He was charged with reckless driving, negligent driving, driver turning left failure to yield right of way to a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, failure to yield right of way at a through highway, and failure to stop at an intersecting highway stop sign and yield the right of way.
The driver of the tour bus was identified as Curtis A. Dorsey, 86, of Still Pond, Md. He refused medical treatment at the scene, police said. Dorsey is the owner of Dorsey Transportation, the tour bus company hired for the trip.
County Chief of Emergency Services Kevin Aftung says the bus was headed from Worton Elementary School in Kent County to the National Zoo in Washington.
A large section of the bus' windshield was broken out in the crash and most of the people on the bus exited through that opening, police said.