30 injured, 2 critically, as Phila. school tour bus crashes in Md.

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A bus carrying Philadelphia schoolchildren on an eighth-grade class trip was involved in a serious accident on I-95 in Maryland on Monday.

Thirty people were injured when a Werner Coach charter bus carrying students and chaperones from the C.W. Henry School in West Mount Airy overturned in Harford County, Md., near Havre de Grace, about 9:30 a.m.

One adult and one child were airlifted to hospitals with critical injuries, according to the Susquehanna Hose Company, which is responsible for fire protection for the city of Havre de Grace, about 70 miles outside Washington D.C.

A C.W. Henry parent said she was told by school staff that the critically injured adult was a teacher.

On board the bus were 26 children, two teachers, one parent chaperone and one driver, the Maryland State Police said. Besides the two people airlifted to hospitals, ther others were transported to three area hospitals with less serious injuries.

There are “no fatalities at this time,” state police officials said.

Greg Shipley of Maryland State police said the the bus might have overturned “at least once, possibly twice” in the accident.

The crash investigation is ongoing, police said; “a passenger car was apparently involved in some way.”

I-95 Northbound had re-opened by 11:30, but I-95 South was expected to remain closed for several hours while the accident investigation continues.

At the same time, at least one bus full of Philadelphia Police officers was traveling on I-95 south toward Washington D.C. for National Police Week, according to Officer Tanya Little, police spokeswoman. When the officers came upon the accident, Little said, they got off the bus to offer assistance at the scene.

Little said she did not know how many officers were on the bus, but said none were injured.

Robin Roberts, parent of a sixth grader at Henry, was shaken at the news.

“I am just beside myself at this point,” Roberts said.

She said she had just spoken with a parent whose child was injured in the crash. The boy, she said, had two broken legs and a dislocated shoulder.

“I just hope that’s the worst of it,” said Roberts.

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