- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Baltimore police said a collision involving a Maryland Transit Administration commuter bus and a school bus Tuesday morning has resulted in six deaths, but no children were on the bus.

The collision occurred in the 3800 block of Frederick Avenue in Baltimore. Expect closures and delays in that area.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith confirmed there were no children on the bus, but there were six fatalities.

“We are in the process of gathering information on the bus crash. We will advise once we have more. Understand this is a fluid situation,” he tweeted earlier in the morning.

At a press conference later in the morning, Mr. Smith said the school bus was traveling eastbound on Frederick Road when it struck a Mustang, kept going, struck a pillar at Loudon Park Cemetery and then ultimately collided head-on with the MTA bus.

“It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus,” Mr. Smith said, calling it  “catastrophic damage.”

Five people on the MTA bus and the driver of the school bus died, he said. Another passenger on the school bus, an aide, was taken to the hospital.

In all, 10 people were sent to the hospital with injuries varying from minor to critical, Mr. Smith said. He emphasized that police are investigating the collision as “a crash scene,” and not as “a crime scene,” even though they’ve asked homicide detectives to help with the investigation because of the number of people who were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the collision, spokesman Keith Holloway said, The Associated Press reported.

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