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Maryland Highway Spokesperson Discusses Baltimore-Area School Bus Accident Injuring 11 Children

Aired June 27, 2000 - 10:24 a.m. ET

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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Now we want to bring you more on that school bus accident that took place earlier this morning on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. We have with us on the phone Suzanne Bond. She is with the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Thanks for joining us.

SUZANNE BOND, MD. STATE HWY. ADMINISTRATION: You're quite welcome.

KAGAN: What can you tell us about what happened this morning, about who was on board that bus and about injuries?

BOND: Well, shortly after 9:00 this morning, the Maryland State Highway Administration received word about the accident on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. We know that there were 20 children onboard a bus. It is a bus that was associated with a camp. I don't have any details on the name of the camp. We know that approximately 11 children were transported from the scene to various hospitals in the area, including North Arundel and St. Agnes hospitals.

We know right now that our crews, the state highway administration crews, are on the scene directing traffic, managing traffic and ensuring that people who are traveling our roads are able to get through and around. We would certainly hope that people would be patient if they are stuck in traffic and also look to use alternate routes like 95 to get through the area.

KAGAN: Suzanne, the pictures we're looking at seem to indicate that there was more than just a school bus involved in this incident.

BOND: Right. We think that there were as many as a school bus and three additional vehicles. We had heard a total of three vehicles initially, but that information is changing. As you can imagine, this is very fluid situation.

KAGAN: And then one of the wire services is reporting that one of those vans was carrying prisoners? is that right?

BOND: Yes, I've heard those same reports, people from the state correction division, but I haven't been able to confirm that independently.

KAGAN: So you wouldn't know anything about the status of other people who might have been injured besides the 11 kids?

BOND: No, I have not heard that information.

KAGAN: And I know you said you didn't know what camp we're talking about and where these campers came from. Do you know where the campers were going?

BOND: No, we know that they were heading northbound on 295. So they were coming into the area of Baltimore City you know, coming into the vicinity of Baltimore City. So it could be that they were, you know, looking at some attractions in the area. But that would be speculation on my part.

KAGAN: OK, we will continue to watch the situation. That's Suzanne Bond with the Maryland State Highway Administration, thanks for that latest information.

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