- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 26, 2005

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Greyhound bus ran off a rain-slicked highway and flipped onto its side yesterday, causing 32 persons to be taken to area hospitals, officials said.

Sections of Interstate 95 on the eastern edge of Baltimore were closed for several hours after the Washington-to-Philadelphia bus crashed just after 6 a.m.

Two persons were trapped in the bus and had to be pulled out by rescue crews, fire officials said.

Gary McLhinney, chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said the accident occurred during a heavy downpour, just after a tractor-trailer passed the bus and kicked up road spray.

“The driver of the bus changed lanes, at which point she lost control of the vehicle, and it slid on its side and exited the roadway,” Chief McLhinney said.

Bus No. 532 left the District at 5 a.m., about 30 minutes late, and had stopped at the I-95 travel plaza in Baltimore before the crash, said Greyhound spokeswoman Anna Folmnsbee. Its next stop was to have been Wilmington, Del.

There were 33 passengers on the bus,.

The five most seriously injured persons were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore.

Cindy Rivers, a hospital spokeswoman, said one passenger was in critical but stable condition, and two were in serious but stable condition. She said the condition of two persons was upgraded to fair.

Six passengers were treated at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening, hospital officials said.

Seven passengers were taken to Mercy Hospital with bumps and bruises and some minor lacerations from glass, but no serious injuries, hospital spokesman Dan Collins said.

Doctors at Franklin Square Hospital Center treated five passengers, including two children, for injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.

The bus ran off the right side of the road into an area of grass and mud, where it landed on its right side. The bus was pulled back onto its wheels and taken away before the highway was reopened.

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