No one was injured when a school bus and car collided at the intersection of Liberty Grove and Colora roads this morning, Thursday, December 19 about 7:40 a.m.
Bob Markwardt, Supervisor of Transportation for Cecil County Public Schools, said that none of the 10 special needs bus passengers, the bus driver, or the driver of the car which struck the bus, was injured.
The school bus was traveling on Colora Road and was making a left hand turn onto Liberty Grove Road when the 1997 Camaro struck the bus on the left side. The Camaro was westbound on Liberty Grove Road when it struck the bus and went underneath it.
The bus, which is special needs lift-equipped, was headed for Rising Sun High School when the crash occurred. There were 10 students, two bus assistants, and he driver on board the bus.
Students were removed from the bus and were placed in ambulances to keep them warm while they awaited a substitute bus.
As Markwardt assessed the scene, he expressed relief. "That bus was dangerously close to overturning," he said.
Deputies from the Cecil County Sheriff's Office are investigating the accident. The driver of the school bus is Kimberely Johnson, 53, of Rising Sun. The driver of the Camaro is David Charles Woodard, 24, of Elkton. DFC John Lines issued Woodard citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and speed greater than reasonable. Markwardt said that Johnson, who drives for contractor Dan Wagner, is a veteran driver.
County paramedics, the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, Water Witch Fire Company, sheriff's deputies, and state police worked at the scene.