School bus slides into ditch near Federalsburg

A tow truck operator signals to an assistant as he pulls Caroline County school bus 63 out of a ditch on Jan. 14 in front of Colonel Richardson High School.

FEDERALSBURG — Four students and their school bus driver were taken to the hospital Tuesday, Jan. 14, when the bus slid into a ditch at 25320 Richardson Road in Federalsburg, according to a statement released by Caroline County Public Schools. 

The accident occurred at about 9:50 a.m. The road was wet from rain showers passing through the area.  

The bus was returning seven NJROTC Colonel Richardson High School students from Easton High School. 

CCPS issued the following statement via Facebook at 11:08 a.m.:

"This morning, a CCPS bus transporting seven ROTC students from Easton High School to Colonel Richardson High School was involved in a single-vehicle accident. Four students and the driver were transported to the hospital for treatment, and all families have been notified. We appreciate the timely care and attention provided by police and emergency management services."

In a press release, the Caroline County Sheriff's Office said "two students were transported to the Memorial Hospital in Easton and two others were transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (in Seaford)."

The sheriff's office added that none of the student or driver's injuries appeared to be life-threatening. 

The remaining three students were taken to CRHS, and their parents arrived and refused medical treatment by emergency services, police said.

According to information printed on the school bus, it is owned by Joanne Greenage of Preston. It is not known who was driving the bus at the time. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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