UPDATE (12:46 p.m.)—Five people were transported to area hospitals on Thursday after a Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus ran into the rear of a vehicle, which then caused another wreck, on Ritchie Highway.
MTA spokesman Joe Sviatko said the MTA bus driver struck a vehicle in front of the bus at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Arnold Road.
Five people requested medical attention at the scene: One was sent to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis and four were sent to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. All sustained injuries that were considered not life-threatening, Sviatko said.
The driver of the bus has 29 years of experience with MTA and was driving the normal route when the accident occurred, Sviatko said. Standard procedure following a wreck involving an MTA bus dictates that the driver will undergo a drug and alcohol test, he added.
There were 30 passengers on the bus—all of whom were given the option to take another bus that arrived several minutes later, Sviatko said.
At least six ambulances responded to the scene, according to Division Chief Keith Swindle of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Fire officials arrived on scene at about 7:45 a.m.
Morning traffic on Ritchie Highway and College Parkway was backed up while the scene was being cleared.