By: Allan M. Siegel
Over two dozen victims, many of whom are children, were injured in a bus
crash Monday morning on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. According to
officials, the accident occurred around 9:30 am near Havre de Grace in
Harford County when the bus overturned on the southbound lane of I-95.
Emergency responders reported that 30 people suffered injuries, including
one child and one adult who were airlifted to local hospitals in critical
The Werner charter bus was en route from Philadelphia to Washington, DC
for a field trip, and was carrying 26 8th grade students, two teachers, a parent chaperone, and the driver. In addition
to the two victims who suffered critical injuries, at least 28 other victims
were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals to be treated for
head injuries, sprains and lacerations, broken bones, and other injuries.
Maryland State Police are continuing their investigation into the accident,
which shut down traffic and caused delays in both directions. Authorities
believe that the crash was caused by a passenger vehicle that attempted
to pass the bus, lost control, and collided with the front of the bus.
The collision caused the bus to also lose control, crash into a guardrail
and nearby trees, and roll over onto the driver’s side of the vehicle.
No criminal charges have yet been filed in connection to the incident,
and authorities are continuing their investigation to determine how exactly
the crash occurred, and whether it could and should have been prevented
if not for the negligence of involved parties.
Our team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to
praise the efforts of all first responders and emergency crews who helped
ensure victims in this crash were given timely medical treatment and transported
promptly to local hospitals for further evaluation. While this crash certainly
had the potential to become a tragedy resulting in mass casualties, we
are thankful there were no reported fatalities.
We also wish to extend our support and legal services to any victims and
families who have been affected by the crash. Although investigations
are still ongoing, statements made by officials and information gathered
at the scene indicate that the crash involved another vehicle attempting
to pass the bus. In addition to further exploring details regarding the
crash and the driver of the passenger vehicle, the bus driver and charter
bus company will also need to be carefully investigated. Werner Coach,
which owned the bus involved in this wreck and two dozen other commercial
vehicles, has been involved in two other recent crashes and has been cited
for over 60 violations in the past two years.
Ultimately, investigations will focus on whether or not negligence played
a role in causing or contributing to this crash – either as a result
of another driver’s negligence or failures of the bus driver and
bus company to ensure the safety of its vehicles and passengers. Our attorneys
plan to follow the investigations closely in order to obtain the facts
as they are released and to assist victims and families in understanding
their right to a recovery of their damages following a preventable wreck.
If you have questions regarding the bus accident in Harford County, do
not hesitate to
contact our legal team for a free and confidential consultation. Chaikin, Sherman,
Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is a nationally recognized personal injury
law firm representing victims throughout the DC Metro area from offices
in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.