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Two MCPS School Buses Hit After Truck Runs Red Light

Several people, including students, were transported to local hospitals after a truck ran a red light and crashed into a school bus on Monday morning in Germantown. The incident occurred at about 8:40 am on Monday, Oct. 22 at the intersection of Frederick Road and Gunners Branch Road.

According to police, the Montgomery County Public Schools bus was making a left turn on to Frederick Avenue/MD-355, leaving the Fox Chapel shopping center at the traffic light when a roll-off truck traveling northbound on MD-355 ran the red light and struck the bus. The bus was spun around forced back into the northbound lanes where it struck an SUV which was pushed into a second MCPS bus.

“The bus was almost in the middle of the intersection and had its wheels turned when it was struck by the truck,” said Lt. Joseph Onderko, Deputy Commander of the 5th District MCPD. “So it sent into a spin or involuntary U-turn, and it ended up striking an SUV which was headed northbound on MD-355. The SUV was knocked into the second bus which was behind it in the left turn lane to make the left on to Gunners Branch Road.”

MCPS confirmed that two of its buses were involved in the collision. The first bus which suffered the most damage was carrying special needs students was en route to Laytonsville Elementary School and the second bus which police said suffered only scratches was headed to nearby Fox Chapel Elementary School. No injuries were reported anyone the second bus.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service senior spokesman Peter Piringer confirmed that EMS evaluated a number of pa