6 dead after school bus crashes into Baltimore transit bus

Baltimore emergency responders on the scene where the front of  a school bus is flattened against a transit bus. (CBSN)
Baltimore emergency responders on the scene where the front of a school bus is flattened against a transit bus. (CBSN)

UPDATE: 9:18 A.M.

Police raise the death toll in a school bus crash with a commuter bus to six people – including the school bus’ driver. Police say 10 people were also injured in the collision.

A Baltimore Police tweet says that no children were aboard the school bus that crashed at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith says in a public briefing the school bus rear ended a Mustang and continued to hit a cemetery pillar.

“It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus. It’s catastrophic damage.”

“The bus struck that pillar and then continued eastbound where it went into oncoming traffic and struck an MTA bus on its driver’s side and basically ripped the entire driver’s side off of the vehicle,” he says. “It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus. It’s catastrophic damage.”

A two people were on the school bus – a driver and an aide, Smith notes. Investigators say the aide survived the crash. Investigators believe about 13 people were on the transit bus.

Baltimore public schools spokeswoman Anne Fullerton says no students are among the fatalities.

University of Maryland Medical Center spokeswoman Lisa Clough says the hospital received one patient in critical condition and four others in fair condition.

Video from above the scene while it was still dark shows the crumpled front of a yellow school bus smashed into the side of a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The driver’s side of the MTA bus is ripped off with debris spilling onto the road.

There was no immediate word on what caused the crash.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say three people are dead after a school bus and a public transit bus crashed in southwest Baltimore.

Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith says there were also injuries in the crash Tuesday morning.

Video from above the scene shows the front part of a yellow school bus smashed into the side of a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The driver’s side of the MTA bus is ripped off with debris spilling down onto the road.

Police have not yet confirmed whether or not children were on either bus.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.

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