Six people are dead and 10 more injured in Baltimore on Tuesday after an empty school bus swerved into oncoming traffic — slamming into the side of a Maryland Transit Administration bus. There were no children on the bus at the time of the incident.
The Southwest Baltimore school bus was blocks away from its first pickup of the day at 6:30 a.m. when it sheared the driver’s side off the commuter bus, Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith told reports in a press conference streamed to Twitter.
“It basically ripped the entire driver’s side off the vehicle,” he said. “It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus. It is catastrophic damage.”
Smith said the runaway school bus hit a Ford Mustang, off-roaded into Loudon Park Cemetery and struck a pillar before returning to the road and oncoming traffic and hitting the MTA bus.
The driver of the school bus was killed in the crash — as were five people on the MTA bus.
The 10 injured are being treated at local hospitals. They include an aide who had been on the school bus and the Mustang driver. Their injuries range from minor to critical.
Police did not release the identities of those killed and injured.
The Baltimore Sun reported many students ride the No. 10 transit bus involved in the crash to school, they added.
The school bus was contracted by Baltimore City Public Schools, the Sun reported, and traditionally transports 19 students with special needs and homeless students to the Roots and Branches Charter School and Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School.
A bystander told the outlet the force of the collision had “shook the ground.”
Police said they don’t know what caused the bus to lose control. No criminal activity is expected.
“Something catastrophic took place, and it’s something that we’re continuing to investigate,” Smith said.