Wo­man, 56, dead af­ter crash in­volv­ing school bus

No chil­dren were on the bus at the time, po­lice say

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice say a women was killed in a head on col­li­sion with a school bus Thursday morn­ing in La Plata.

The bus driver, the sole oc­cu­pant at the time, was un­harmed in the crash but taken to the hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion.

Ch­eryl Ophe­lia Mitchell, 56, of Clin­ton, the driver of the Mazda pas­sen­ger car, was crit­i­cally in­jured, and de­spite the ef­forts of a nearby po­lice of­fi­cer and fire of­fi­cial, she was pro­nounced dead shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing at the hospi­tal, po­lice said.

Two pas­sen­gers in the Mazda, a 25-year-old fe­male and 56-year-old male, were also taken to the hospi­tal with non­life threat­en­ing in­juries, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Around 9:04 a.m. on Thursday, first re­spon­ders were called to the crash site at Ra­dio Sta­tion Road and Audie Lane, a Charles County Sheriff’s Of­fice spokesper­son said.

A sheriff’s of­fice deputy, Pfc. S. Miller, and a Prince Ge­orge’s County fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor, Aaron Tyler, were nearby when the col­li­sion oc­curred and quickly re­moved the wo­man, who was un­con­scious­ness and not breath­ing, from the wreck­age. Miller and Tyler be­gan CPR and con­tin­ued un­til EMS per­son­nel ar­rived and took over.

Af­ter con­duct­ing a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice be­lieve the Mazda may have crossed over the cen­ter line of the road and struck the bus head on, the spokesper­son said.

The sheriff’s of­fice traf­fic op­er­a­tions unit is con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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