School bus crash injures two students, driver
Fire forces bus’ passengers to evacuate
— A crash involving a Cecil County Public Schools bus and a pickup truck at a Colora intersection Tuesday afternoon sent two students to an area hospital and the truck’s driver to a regional trauma center, according to Maryland State Police.
Bus No. 15, which was car-
rying 17 students from Rising Sun High School to their home bus stops, was heading south on Jacob Tome Memorial Highway shortly after 3 p.m. when a northbound 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck attempted to make a left turn onto Liberty Grove Road, police said.
When the turning truck entered the southbound lane, police added, the bus crashed into the passenger’s side front of the vehicle.
Investigators identified the truck driver as 79-yearold Colora resident Frederick Hermann Strubbe, who was flown by MSP he- licopter to the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after suffering undisclosed injuries, police reported.
Ambulances transported the two injured students to an area hospital, according to MSP Master Tfc. John Feaster, lead investigator. He declined to provide more information about the injured pupils, who are minors, to protect their identities.
The driver of the school bus, Elkton-area resident
Arthur Leslie Hickman Jr., 52, did not require medical treatment. Police reported that Hickman was driving a 2008 International school bus owned by Marshall Bus, LLC, which is based on the 900 block of Ebenezer Church Road near Rising Sun.
One of the students who was on the bus, Charlie Marden Jr., 16, a Rising Sun High junior, told the Cecil Whig that the collision forced pupils to evacuate using the rear emergency exit.
At first, after noticing what Marden described as a “small fire” coming from the front of the pickup truck, some students were rattled momentarily, he said. But the students were orderly as they made their way off the bus, the teen added.
“People were all freaking out,” he said, describing the initial response. “Everyone went out the back.”
The bus driver supervised the evacuation and was assisted by a woman who had stopped to help, according to the teen. He noted that paramedics, police and emergency workers arrived at the scene quickly.
The pupils were led away from the crash scene to a shady area off Liberty Grove Road, where parents arrived to pick up their children after school officials notified them of the crash.
Kelly Keeton, a CCPS spokeswoman, said another school bus arrived at the scene to complete the bus route. However, all students were signed out at the scene by their parents, she added. (The bus crash occurred after students, teachers and staff had completed their second day of the new academic school year.)
Charlie’s father, Charlie Marden Sr., was among those parents.
“When you hear that word ‘ accident,’ everything goes through your mind,” the teen’s father said. “The principal called me and said there was a school bus accident. He let me know that he (Charlie) was alright. He asked if I could pick him up. I was in the area, so I came here to get him.”
The teen told the Whig that one of the injured students had a “busted lip” and the other appeared to have suffered an abrasion on the chin.
First grade students gather near the new tree sculpture at Perryville Elementary School before being led to their classrooms.
Charlie Marden Jr., 16, a Rising Sun High School junior, leaves the crash scene with his father, Charlie Marden Sr., who came to pick up his son after school officials notified him of the bus accident.