School bus involved in fatal crash was on its way to pick up elementary school students

The school bus involved in the fatal crash Tuesday morning was contracted by Baltimore City Schools.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- The school bus involved in the fatal crash Tuesday morning was contracted by Baltimore City Schools.

The vehicle belonged to AA Affordable Transportation, which runs seven school buses each day for Baltimore City.

Police confirmed that the bus had not picked up any students before the crash.

The driver was beginning the first route of the morning and was assigned to pick up 18 children bound for Dallas Nicholas Elementary School on Calvert and 21st Street.

According to the Baltimore City Schools Transportation website, ALL school buses are inspected three times a year.

Baltimore City School officials released the following statement Tuesday afternoon;

Early this morning, a school bus contracted by City Schools from AA Affordable Transportation was involved in an accident with a car and a commuter bus operated by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). There were six fatalities resulting from the accident, along with numerous injuries. At this time of tragedy, our hearts and thoughts are with the families, friends, and loved ones of those killed and injured. We hope for the speedy and full recovery of all those injured.
The driver of the contracted yellow bus was among those killed, and the bus attendant was injured. There were no students or other passengers on the yellow bus.
City Schools contracts with seven vendors to provide transportation for students. The bus in question provided service to 18 elementary school students who receive curb-to-curb transportation from their homes to school, based on applicable law and provisions included in the district’s transportation policy and guidelines. In general, curb-to-curb service is provided to students with special needs, who are homeless, or who receive English for Speakers of Other Languages or other specialized services. Beginning tomorrow, the 18 children will be transported by a City Schools–owned bus.
The Baltimore Police Department is conducting the crash investigation. City Schools will provide updated information as it becomes known.
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