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School Bus & Commuter Bus Collide in Southwest Baltimore, Six Killed

By: Allan M. Siegel

A fatal crash involving a school bus and an MTA commuter killed 6 and injured 10 victims Tuesday morning. No children were aboard the school bus, and both drivers were killed in the collision. Four passengers on the commuter also died in the wreck. Ten injured victims were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, including one victim in critical condition.

Authorities report the crash occurred shortly before 7:00 am when the school bus collided with a Mustang, struck a pillar at a nearby cemetery, and crossed over into oncoming traffic before striking the Maryland Transit Administration commuter bus and severely damaging the front and side of the vehicle. The school bus was traveling east on Frederick Avenue to make its first pick-up of students attending Nicholas Sr. Elementary School

As is the case in major transportation accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into the incident. Officials are working to determine what caused the wreck, and have recovered video from a recorder onboard one of the buses to aid them in the investigation.

Baltimore police will be working with the NTSB to investigate potential causes and determine whether the 67-year-old school bus driver suffered from any medical conditions that might explain why the bus did not slow down during the series of crashes.

Tuesday’s crash in Baltimore follows another fatal crash involving a tour bus in California late last month. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 injured in what is one of the deadliest crashes in state history. The bus driver was also killed in that collision, leaving investigators with the difficult task of piecing together the driver’s background and what happened in the moments leading up to the incident.

Investigations into large scale accidents like this are complex, and our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. hopes the NTSB and local authorities are able to determine whether this incident could have been prevented. Should it be determined that there were safety violations or negligence involved, victims and families may have grounds to hold the responsible party liable for their losses, including wrongful death.

With decades of experience serving the DC Metro area, our personal injury attorneys are highly familiar with investigating crashes involving public transportation and representing victims and families involved in bus accidents. Our recent experience with these types of cases includes a $783,000 verdict for a client injured by a Metrobus, and a $4.5 million verdict for a pedestrian accident victim involving an Alexandria Transit bus.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will closely follow the investigation as it unfolds, and will be available to any victims or families that wish to learn more about their legal rights and who can potentially be held responsible. If you would like to speak with a lawyer, contact us today for a free consultation.