STEVENSVILLE — It was not a good day to ride the school bus Monday. In just over six hours, two school buses were rear-ended by other vehicles.
According to reports from Maryland State Police, in the first incident bus driver Delmar Brown had just started his Grasonville Elementary School run on Route 18 in Grasonville, about 8:40 a.m., when a Ford pickup truck hit the bus.
Brown was making a stop with lights flashing when his bus was rear-ended, and only three children were on the bus at the time of the accident. Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene, but there were no injuries.
One child’s parent heard about the accident and picked up and drove their child on to school.
The other two children were driven to school by Grasonville Elementary School Principal Bobbi Leaverton.
According to Tpr. Mark Gursky, James Herbert Steward Jr. of Grasonville was the driver of the truck. He was charged with following another vehicle too closely.
In the second incident, around 3 p.m., Nancy Ebling, driving bus No. 1702, stopped on Kimberly Way in Cloverfields to drop off some Stevensville Middle School students when the bus was hit by a juvenile riding a dirt bike.
Dfc. Zachary House of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office responded.
The driver of the dirt bike, a 15-year-old Stevensville boy, ran off after the crash but was soon apprehended by House.
The 15-year old was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for several offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident, operating an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, driving without a license, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to control speed to avoid a collision.
The juvenile was later released to a parent. No injuries were reported by the juvenile or the 22 students on the bus.
There were several other buses in the area who took the children to their stops.
Two school bus accidents in one day is very uncommon, said Thad Kalmanowicz, director of operations at the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education.
Kalmanowicz said there have been four or five school bus accidents in Queen Anne’s County since the beginning of the school year.
“It doesn’t happen that often, but accidents do happen,” said Kalmanowicz.