MOUNT VERNON — No injuries were reported after a bus on the Mount Vernon Middle School eighth grade trip to Washington D.C. was involved in a minor traffic accident Friday during the return trip home.
The accident was described as a “fender-bender” in a Knox Alert text message sent out by Superintendent Bill Seder and occurred around 1:45 p.m. within Baltimore city limits according to Middle School Principal Gary Hankins.
Hankins said that the bus in question was making a left turn in a multiple lane “big-city turn” when a car in an adjacent lane drifted into the path of the bus. The students had just visiting the National Aquarium, the final stop of the trip, and were headed home. As a passenger on the bus, Hankins stated that he was “unaware anything had happened until the bus pulled over,” and said that the accident was very minor.
All four buses on the trip pulled over while law enforcement responded to the scene as per the protocol of the charter bus company, Cardinal Transportation Ltd. based out of Columbus, Ohio.
A follow-up alert was sent via Knox Alert at 2:42 p.m. indicating that all four buses were back on the road.
A representative for Cardinal Transportation declined to release a statement without details from the police report and insurance company but noted that the first concern was the safety of passengers and the buses.
The eighth grade students left early Tuesday morning for the trip and are set to arrive home around 11:30 p.m. tonight. Parents will be alerted via Knox Alerts if arrival times have changed due to the accident.