Date: August 28, 2013
Time: 0951 hours
Location: Southbound Rt 301 at Billingsley Rd, White Plains, Charles County
Vehicle 1: 1999 Thom School Bus (yellow)
Vehicle 2: 2006 Freightliner Tow Truck (white)
Operator of vehicle 1: Ingram, Derek AGE 57 of Lusby, Maryland
Passenger of vehicle 1: Weiner, Philip AGE 46 of Sunderland, Maryland
Passenger of vehicle 1: Mcaneny, Jennifer AGE 44 of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Passengers of vehicle 1: 20 8th grade students of Calverton School
Operator of vehicle 2: Blankenship, Dwain Evan AGE 46 of Hughesville, Maryland
On Wednesday August 28th, 2013 at approximately 0951 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to Southbound Rt 301 at Billingsley Rd, White Plains, Charles County for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a school bus.
Troopers arrived on scene at approximately 0955 hrs. Preliminary investigation revealed a flatbed tow truck (vehicle 2) was slowing to a stop, for a solid RED arrow, in the left turn lane traveling from Southbound Rt 301 to Northbound Billingsley Rd. The school bus (vehicle 1) transporting 20 juvenile 8th grade students, attending Calverton School, was traveling Southbound Rt 301 and entered the turn lane to travel north on Billingsley Rd. The operator of the school bus applied the brakes and was unable to stop before rear-ending the tow truck. Damage sustained from the collision covered the right front bumper / corner of the school bus and the left rear corner / bed area of the tow truck.
Troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division responded to conduct a post crash investigation of both commercial vehicles. Results of that investigation have not been finalized at this time.
As a result of the collision injuries were sustained by Mcaneny, Jennifer and 2 juvenile students. All three (3) subjects had non life threatening injuries and were transported to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center by ambulance, for treatment. The remaining students were escorted onto a separate school bus and taken to their respective destinations.
This investigation is still actively being investigated and any witnesses are urged to contact Trooper J. Harrod #6162 of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack. He can be reached at 301-392-1200.