Early Wednesday, two school buses traveling on the same Harford County road crashed in separate incidents. The crashes occurred nearly a half-mile apart, leaving two students and an adult injured.
The incidents occurred on Route 543 within 15 minutes of each other. According to commander of the Maryland State Police barrack in Bel Air, Lieutenant Tim Mullin, one of the drivers involved in the accident was transported to Shock Trauma by helicopter and two students, one from each bus, were transported to nearby hospitals.
The first crash occurred near Route 22, at Hillside Drive at 7:15 a.m. and the second crash occurred 15 minutes later at 7:30 a.m. at Redfield Road.
The school bus involved in the first crash was carrying 11 students, when it was rear-ended by a Ford Explorer driven by Anita Page of Joppa. Page was attempting to change into the left turn lane, when she crashed into a Mitsubishi Lancer, before rear-ending the school bus.
A 15-year-old male student was transported to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.
Police charged Page with an unsafe lane change.
In the second crash on Redfield Road, the school bus ran a red light and collided into a blue Chevy Cobalt, driven by Artemis Howe of Forest Hill. Howe was freed from the vehicle before being airlifted to a nearby hospital. According to police, an 11-year-old girl on the bus was transported to Upper Chesapeake.
Police charged Angela Harpster, driver of the bus, with failing to stop at a red light.