Bus crash injures 17 in eastern Maryland
Posted on May 23, 2011
Eight kindergarteners and nine adults were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after a bus accident on May 12 in Queen Anne's County.
The accident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. at the intersection of Route 213 and White Marsh Road, just north of Centreville.
Carl Trenz Jr., 49, of Stevensville, turned right onto southbound Route 213, pulling directly in front of a tour bus traveling in the same direction.
The bus driver swerved to avoid Trenz' Volkswagen Toureg and hit a telephone pole on the right side of the road. The bus then turned over onto its side in a nearby field.
Curtis Dorsey, 86, resident of Still Pond and owner of Dorsey Transportation, was driving the 1990 MCI tour bus. He was transporting 17 kindergarten students, 16 parents, and one teacher from Worton Elementary School in Kent County. A second tour bus was following them on their way to a field trip at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
The 8 children injured were identified as Zoe Eisenhart, Aja Manning, Miki Tiller, Cicada Burton, Kristin Lindey, Tracy Montgomery, Carly King and Isaiah King.
Injured adults included Rebecca Todd, Colin Caldeira, Malinda Manning, Kitray Jackson, Stacy Schrock, Jessica Matthews, Stefani Zottarelli and Jakai Cooper. Trenz, the SUV driver, was also injured.
Witnesses said the bus driver appeared to be following the speed limit, and an initial vehicle investigation showed no defects on the bus.
The Maryland State Police CRASH Team is investigating the accident. Charges are still pending and will be submitted to the Queen Anne's County State Attorney's Office.