NTSB prob­ing 2-bus Bal­ti­more crash that killed at least 6

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A school bus was blocks away from its first stop Tues­day morn­ing when it rear-ended a car and then ric­o­cheted off a road­side pil­lar into an on­com­ing com­muter bus. The predawn ac­ci­dent killed at least six peo­ple and in­jured 10, au­thor­i­ties said.

There were vir­tu­ally no skid marks at the crash scene, sug­gest­ing that the brakes of the school bus were not force­fully ap­plied and lead­ing to what Bal­ti­more po­lice spokesman T.J. Smith called a work­ing the­ory that the driver had suf­fered some sort of med­i­cal emer­gency.

Both bus driv­ers were killed, along with at least four peo­ple on the Mary­land Tran­sit Ad­min­is­tra­tion bus, Smith said.

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

The only other oc­cu­pant of the school bus, an aide, was taken to a hos­pi­tal, as were the car driver and eight peo­ple from the com­muter bus, Smith told a news con­fer­ence.

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