UPDATE 01:40 PM 05/04/2011: From the Anne Arundel County Police Department:
SERIOUS BUS / PEDESTRIAN CRASH GLEN BURNIE
Type of Collision: School Bus vs. Pedestrian
Location of Incident: Furnace Ave @ Sunny Brook Drive in Glen Burnie
Date & Time: May 4, 2011 @ 7:41 a.m.
Motor Vehicle #1: 2000 Thomas school bus, yellow in color
Driver: Linda Smith Grant, 53, of Glen Burnie, Md
Owner: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 2644 Riva Rd #BA46, Annapolis, Md
Pedestrian: Vicki Lynn Whitehead, 54, of Glen Burnie, Md
Injuries: Serious, but stable
On May 4, 2011, at approximately 7:41 a.m., members of the Traffic Safety Section were requested to respond to the area of Furnace Avenue and Sunny Brook Drive to assist with a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the pedestrian, a crossing guard, had entered the crosswalk to assist a student cross the roadway. A 2000 Thomas school bus was traveling northbound on Sunny Brook Drive and stopped for the stop sign at Sunny Brook Drive and Furnace Avenue. Evidence indicates that the crossing guard was in the crosswalk on Furnace Avenue, approximately in the middle of the crosswalk, when the bus made a left hand turn and struck the crossing guard.
As a result of the crash, the victim sustained serious injuries and was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where she is currently in serious, but stable condition. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in this crash. The preliminary cause of the crash is believed to be failure to yield to the crossing guard on the part of the bus driver. The crash remains under investigation by the Traffic Safety Section. Charges are pending a consultation with the State’s Attorney’s Office.
UPDATE 11:35 AM 05/04/2011: From Bob Mosier, spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools:
The bus was carrying four students to Point Pleasant Elementary School at the time of the accident. Three other students who were walking to school are believed to have witnessed the accident. The school has contacted families of all seven students and made its counselor available to all seven, as well as any other students who need to discuss their feelings.
UPDATE 09:56 AM 05/04/2011: The Glen Burnie Patch is reporting that thw woman was a 40 year old crossing guard and is in serious condition. They were able to get a statement from Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ spokesman, Bob Mosier, “There were four students on the bus at the time and none of them were injured in the accident, nor was the driver. There were three students walking in the area of the accident when it occurred who in all likeliness witnessed the accident.”
We have received a report that a school crossing guard in Anne Arundel County was struck by a school bus this morning at the intersection of Furnace Avenue & Sunny Brook Drive in Glen Burnie. Point Pleasant Elementary School is located several blocks from the accident.
The guard has reportedly been sent to Shock Trauma with life threatening injuries.
We have contacted Anne Arundel County Public Schools for more information and will post any comments and updates as they become available.