6 dead in Baltimore school bus, public transportation bus crash

BALTIMORE, Md. -- In Baltimore City, just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, a school bus that is contracted through Baltimore City Schools collided with a public transportation bus, killing 6 people and injuring 10 others.  Tuesday afternoon, officials said both bus drivers were among the deceased.

“All of these people have deep connections to our city, which makes this tragedy all the more rough for our city and these families,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Officials confirmed there were no students on the bus, the school bus was on its way to pick up its first round of children.  The 67-year-old bus driver died from his injuries, the bus aide on board was expected to be okay.

As for the MTA bus, there were 13 people on board.  The bus operator, just 33 years old, was one of 6 pronounced dead at the scene.

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“We did not observe any kind of skid marks on the road which leads us to believe there was no type of deceleration,” explained T.J. Smith, Chief Media Relations Person for Baltimore Police.

Smith said the medical examiner is working to determine if the school bus driver had a health complication.

Meanwhile, the community is struggling to come to terms with what happened.

“I stayed back, and if I hadn’t stayed back, that would have been the actual bus I would have gotten on,” Toni James told DCW50.  James rides that exact MTA bus daily.  “To see a whole school bus go through a public transportation bus you can imagine how I felt, knowing that was my bus.  I just feel so bad for those that lost their lives,” James said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 8 NTSB investigators on scene from Washington.  Jennifer Morrison with NTSB said more investigators were on their way from other regions.  Morrison said NTSB will be investigating in Baltimore all week.

This is a developing story.