Mayor: Baltimore, the big city, becomes a small town after ‘catastrophic’ bus crash
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Officials have provided an update about those who were killed and the victims who were injured in a “catastrophic” bus crash in Baltimore.
According to the 4:30 p.m. briefing by the National Transportation Safety Board and Baltimore City Police, the names of the six victims who were killed in the Tuesday morning crash will not be released at this time. However, officials have provided descriptions that offer insight into the sheer scope of lives impacted when an MTA bus was struck by a contracted school bus, which was not carrying children.
According to police spokesman TJ Smith, the accident killed the 33-year-old female MTA bus driver, the 67-year-old male yellow bus driver, a 51-year-old man, a 46-year-old woman, a 51-year-old woman and an unidentified man who looks to be around 32 years old.
These victims were killed on the scene, but another 10 people were also hurt including the school bus aide, who is expected to survive and may provide valuable details. The seriousness of injuries ranges.
Michael Schwartzberg, spokesperson for University of Maryland Medical Center, confirmed that five people were taken to Shock Trauma and the ER. Four of the victims were woman between their mid-twenties and mid-forties and one was a man in his mid-twenties. As of 4:45 p.m., one of the women injured was treated and released. Two of the victims are in fair condition, one is listed in serious condition and another is listed in critical condition.
Altogether the 10 victims wounded are: a 40-year-old man in critical condition, a 29-year-old woman with minor injuries, a 38-year-old woman with minor injuries, a 25-year-old woman with minor injuries, a 32-year-old woman with minor injuries, a 23-year-old woman with minor injuries, a 29-year-old woman in serious condition, a 36-year-old man with minor injuries, a 52-year-old man with minor injuries, and a 44-year-old woman with minor injuries.
The accident happened in southwest Baltimore on Frederick Ave. by S. Monastery Ave., and called homicide detectives to the scene because of the “extraordinary” number of injuries and fatalities involved, Smith explained.
There’s no indication yet as to why the school bus driver was unable to control the vehicle, which also slammed into a Ford Mustang. Police say some evidence has been recovered from the scene, including recording equipment but they’re also looking for any witnesses to come forward with information.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Morrison, with the NTSB, has a team of eight investigators on the scene. Officers said the roads were expected to be closed for at least a couple more hours Tuesday evening; they have since been reopened.
Commissioner Kevin Davis took time to thank first responders, saying that a “very tragic scenario certainly takes a toll” on them. An MTA spokesperson called it a “sad day” for the agency.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also acknowledged the community in the area surrounding the “horrific crime scene” and said, “I realize Baltimore is a big city but it’s also a small town when incidents like these happen.”
The school bus was on its way to pick up elementary school students heading to Dallas Nicholas Elementary School.
Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2606.