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Police investigating Ride On bus hitting house, taxi

Police are investigating why a Ride On bus drove off of the road in Silver Spring Monday morning and ran into a parked car and house.

A few of the 10 to 15 passengers on the bus, including the man who drove it, reported minor injuries, according to a written statement from Montgomery County Police. There were two residents in the home at the time of the crash, but neither was injured, police said.

According to police, at about 10:50 a.m., the bus was traveling eastbound on Stateside Drive and making a right turn onto Avenel Road. While making the turn, the bus left the roadway and drove across the yard of 9407 Avenel Road. It continued driving through the yard next door, hitting an unoccupied taxi parked in the driveway, and finally coming to rest after hitting the front porch and front door of the residence, at 9405 Avenel Road.

Homeowner Femi Olamide, who was arriving home at the time, said he saw that the bus was not going to stop at the stop sign and got back into his car. The bus sped past him and crashed into his home.

"I grabbed my Bible [which was on the seat of my car,] and said, 'Thank you, God,' " he said.

Police, the Montgomery County fire department, and Ride On are investigating the cause of the crash.

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