School bus involved in multi-car crash in Maryland; 3 injured, police say

A school bus has been involved in a multi car crash in Urbana, Md., Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (SkyTrak7)

URBANA, Md. (ABC7) — A sturdy metal guardrail along Interstate 270 dramatically minimized injuries when a school bus went careening off the interstate with two adults and a child onboard.

Around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was traveling southbound in the far left lane along I-270 south of Frederick. As the Jeep approached the bridge overpass with Route 80, it tried to merge in attempt to make a fast exit from the highway. The SUV, however, hit the front of a Freightliner box truck, causing the Jeep to skid and also hit a Frederick County Public School bus. The yellow-colored school bus to sideswipe a guardrail; the metal barricade ultimately preventing the large transport vehicle from rolling down a steep embankment.

"It's remarkable for sure," said Cpl. Bart Ruppenthal with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Two heavy-duty tow trucks used their cranes to stabilize the bus from tumbling down the hill while rescue workers helped remove all three occupants from the bus.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office cited the Jeep's driver, Janet Hargett, 73, of Brunswick, MD, with an unsafe lane change. Officers also determined her to be at fault for the collision.


A fourth vehicle, 2011 Chevrolet MPV, was hit by debris from the three car crash.

Paramedics transported the driver of the school bus and student passenger to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) officials tweeted that all northbound lanes and a southbound lane have re-opened following the accident.

Earlier Wednesday, traffic was detoured off of southbound I-270 to MD-85 to MD-355/Urbana Pike while rescue workers handled the crash and highway employees performed emergency repair work to the mangled guardrail.

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