Bus vs. work truck track sends two to the hospital

Gaithersburg, Md. -- Two people were sent to the hospital and several more checked for injuries after a crash Saturday between a Ride On bus in Gaithersburg and a work truck.

The wreck happened on Muncaster Mill Road just past a reduction of traffic lanes near Laytonia Crest Terrace, which is between Shady Grove Road and Route 124.

The crash left the two vehicles stuck together— with the front end of the bus crushed in and the work truck on its side connected to the bus by its undercarriage.

There were several passengers aboard the bus but all were evaluated and released without needing to go to the hospital.

The drivers of the bus and the work truck were both sent by ambulance to the hospital for emergency care, though a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue said both suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“I was actually relieved to hear there was no one killed in this one,” said Isaac Ralston, who has lived of off Muncaster Mill Road for the past 6 years. “Looking at the damage that was done I was amazed.”

Ralston would like to see the county speed up efforts to improve safety on the road.

“There are lots of wrecks that happen down this road and there are usually a couple a year that will shut down the road,” said Ralston.

According to the Montgomery County 10 Year Plan, safety improvements are scheduled to be completed along Muncaster Mill Road by 2018 but plans to widen the road significantly were studied and bypassed years ago.