Tuesday morning saw a horrific traffic accident rock the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, after a mostly empty school bus slammed into a bus belonging to the city’s public transportation system, the latter of which was full of passengers.
The school bus slammed into the commuter bus after spiraling out of control following a collision with a passenger car.
The force of the collision was so great that authorities described the scope of the wreckage by comparing it to the scene of a bomb explosion.
The uncertain final tally of casualties is six, with somewhere between five and ten victims injured and in the hospital. Among the injured is at least one in critical condition and at least four in fair condition, according to Michael Schwartzberg, spokesman for the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Those killed have not been identified beyond the note from authorities that the school bus driver is among them and that five of the casualties were aboard the city bus. There were reportedly no other persons on the school bus besides an aide. The bus driver was apparently on their way to pick up a child.
As for the injured, the Washington Post notes that they include both the aide who was aboard the school bus and the driver of the passenger car which first collided with the school bus.
An image of the scene, showcasing the horrifyingly mangled vehicles, is featured below.
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Maryland’s Governor, the Republican Larry Hogan, spoke to the tragedy, delivering a public statement saying, “We will continue to pray for those who were injured, as well as the first responders who worked swiftly and continue to care for the injured.”
Watch a video report on the tragedy below.