By DAN DEARTH
4:45 PM EST, January 8, 2013
No one was injured when a school bus carrying 48 children struck a car Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Antietam Street and Summit Avenue in Hagerstown, a Washington County Public Schools official said.
Randy Mills, assistant superintendent of transportation for Washington County Public Schools, said the bus was returning to Emma K. Doub Elementary School after a field trip to The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown when the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m.
“It was just like a bump,” Mills said.
As Hagerstown police gathered information about the crash, children on the bus clapped their hands and sang “Bingo” and “Deck the Halls.”
Patrolman D.E. Marshall said at the scene that the bus driver, Tninec Robertson, was pulling out of Court Alley near the Dagmar Hotel when she struck a four-door Pontiac Bonneville that was heading west on Antietam Street.
Robertson was charged with failure to yield at an intersection, Marshall said.
The driver of the Bonneville, Charles Starliper, 75, of Hagerstown, said the car was on loan from an auto body shop.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said.
The Bonneville sustained damage to both of the passenger side doors.
Mills said front end damage to the bus would be fixed in a day or two. He said all of the buses that belong to the school system are insured.
The parents of the children were notified about the accident, Mills said.
He said the bus returned the children to their school after police gave the drivers permission to leave.
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