Driver Reportedly Asleep when Charter Bus Crashed into I-95 Guardrail

Multiple people went to Harford County hospitals following the incident.

Nine people were taken to area hospitals after a crash Friday on Interstate 95 that involved a charter bus, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Fire and EMS Association.

The bus was headed southbound when it ran off the road between the Havre de Grace and Aberdeen exits on I-95.

Patients were taken to four hospitals in Harford, Baltimore and Cecil counties, Gardiner said.

Forty-eight teachers from Newark, DE, had been passengers on the bus and those who received medical treatment had injuries that were "minor in nature," WBAL TV reported.

The crash occurred when the bus driver fell asleep and struck the guardrail, according to WBAL TV, which reported that the driver was cited for negligent driving and driving while fatigued.

Multiple lanes were closed on I-95 south in the hours after the crash, according to Maryland Department of Transportation.

This article was updated at 11:35 a.m. and 10:25 p.m. on Friday.

Elizabeth Janney December 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thanks, Joe! We've made the correction. It's 95 south.
jennalovesbacon December 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Joe - they were going southbound. I saw it on an update on facebook via abc.
Captain Steve Weisbrod December 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Let's see..... the bus was heading south on I-95 from Newark Delaware and crashed near Havre de Grace. How tired could the driver get going from Newark to HdG?
Alana Denise Hicks-Amoroso December 26, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Joe, it says "the bus was headed southbound" right in the 2nd paragraph above.
Marie December 26, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I was on this bus! It went off the side of the road! A co worker had to get out of the seat to shake the driver up! We then flew to the left side of the bus' tires and then he tried to over correct his steering that he sent us to the right side of the tires! We almost flipped and died! There are still co workers in the hospital! I have massive bruises from the seat breaking and landing on my leg! I also got a moderate concussion! These comments make me sad! 47 teachers almost died! Falling asleep at the wheel needs to be considered a offense as much as driving drunk ! Both make you impaired and puts everyone at risk! I'm lucky to be alive!


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