UPDATE: Minor Injuries Reported From Motor Vehicle Involving School Bus and Dump Truck in Waldorf

October 29, 2018

UPDATE: On  Friday, October 26 at 9:12 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to Poplar Hill Road at Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf for the report of an accident involving a school bus and a dump truck.

Upon arrival, officers located the bus which had 17 students on board as well as the bus driver. All occupants of the bus were transported to a hospital for evaluation and some with minor injuries.

Charles County Public Schools Officials were on the scene assisting students. The operator of the dump truck was uninjured.

Initial investigation revealed that a State Highway Administration (SHA) truck with a trailer attached had stopped in the right lane of Southbound Mattawoman Beantown Road to off-load equipment. An occupied Charles County Public Schools bus was travelling south on Mattawoman Beantown Road when it came around a curve and saw the stopped truck and trailer. The bus driver was unable to change lanes due to heavy traffic and stopped behind the SHA truck. A fully-loaded dump truck was behind the school bus, and when the driver saw the stopped vehicles he also attempted to stop. The driver of the dump truck made an effort to change lanes unsuccessfully, striking the left rear corner of the bus with the front right of the dump truck.

The Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

10/26/2018: On Friday, October 26, 2018 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Emergency personnel responded to Mattawoman Beantown Road in the area of Poplar Hill Road for the report of a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus.

The bus was occupied by 16 students, some students and the bus driver were taken to a hospital for checkups and minor injuries.

All photos courtesy of Charles County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Twitter Account.

15 Responses to UPDATE: Minor Injuries Reported From Motor Vehicle Involving School Bus and Dump Truck in Waldorf

  1. Anonymous on October 26, 2018 at 11:57 am

    school buses should be picking up kids on a divided highway.

    • Shaniqua Briggs on October 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Your comment is irrelevant as no kids were being picked up/dropped off. Please read entire article.

  2. Anonymous on October 26, 2018 at 11:58 am

    dear bus drivers, stop being lazy and pull into the neighborhood.

    • Shaniqua Briggs on October 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Please read article again. Your comment is irrelevant, and it is disconcerting that you would lay blame on the bus driver. The driver did everything right (according to the article). Why would they pull into a neighborhood to avoid a truck/trailer? Is there a magical neighborhood that mysteriously appears whenever someone stops in front of you? I wish those were available to me on my daily death trip down that road.

      • Anonymous on October 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm

        FYI, the comment was posted prior to the update.

      • Anonymous on October 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm

        Have you heard what happened in Indiana?
        The bus didn’t pull into the trailer park to pick up its passengers and now 3 are dead. That was on a road much like Rt2, Rt6, Rt231, Rt235…

  3. gary webb on October 28, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Trying to navigate the school buses or dump trucks alone is bad enough, but add them both together and Mattawoman Beantown Rd becomes an obstacle course. The dump trucks are coming out of Chaney Enterprises and merging over three lanes to go south on Rt5, and the school bus stops right there in the right lane to pick up one child. It’s a miracle no one has died yet.

  4. SMH on October 29, 2018 at 9:29 am

    The school bus pick up/drop off procedures are certainly less than optimal. I have to agree about going into the neighborhoods. The new housing development on St Charles parkway on the Rosewick side might be the dumbest thing I have ever witnessed in school bus operations. Just last week I watched 3 school busses, nose to tail, stopped with their lights flashing as children exited from the front two busses. Nothing unusual so far, time consuming because there is 65 kids, none in a hurry, but thats the way it goes sometimes. Then the lights shut off, the busses start moving. The first two drive away and the 3rd bus stops and the lights turn on. Another 25 kids get off. SERIOUSLY!?!?!?! The kids couldnt have gotten off 75 feet from the “bus stop” (my estimated length of the first 2 busses) so that we are only stopping traffic once? By the time we got moving again there was 2 lanes of traffic backed up all the way down the hill and then some. Time to pull into the first street, and let everyone at that bus stop get on/off. Drive through and stop at the next bus stop and let the kids get on/off and the development (because there is conveniently 2 entrances/exits to the community of houses). That couldnt possibly add an unreasonable amount of time to the bus route.

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      “…That couldnt possibly add an unreasonable amount of time to the bus route.”

      Alter your travel time and you won’t be inconvenienced.

  5. Dirty Harry on October 29, 2018 at 10:25 am

    I know what you’re thinking, was 17 students or 16 students? Well, in all the confusion I kinda lost track myself. Maybe the article can clarify…nope the author is just as confused.

    • Cmon Harry! on October 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      The original article said 16. The update, clarified that it was 17. Not sure what the confusion is? I’ll help you with the time discrepency as well, so that your head doesnt explode, it wasnt 9:30am (as stated originally), but 9:12am as stated in the update

  6. Anonymous on October 29, 2018 at 10:52 am

    So did the SHA driver get issued a Ticket?

  7. Publius on October 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    “…The bus driver was unable to change lanes due to heavy traffic and stopped behind the SHA truck.”

    Not exactly picking-up or discharging riders.

    Why was an SHA truck stopped in a travel lane? And, at what speed was the dump truck traveling?

    • Gray on October 30, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      The article states the SHA was stopped on a curve. I agree shouldn’t be stopped on curve anyway.

  8. Thinking out loud on October 29, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    The SHA truck was stopped on a curve to off-load a trailer? I remember being taught in driver’s education to never stop, or attempt to turn around on a curve… because it’s…wait for it…d-a-n-g-e-r-o-u-s!

    I see no mention of safety cones or warning signs. We’re any of these in place?
    Why create an unnecessary hazard? I guess just because someone works for the State Highway Administration, doesn’t mean they know much about Highway safety.