Rockville school bus crash sends 4 students to hospital

Local,Maryland,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

Four students on a school bus headed to Fallsmead Elementary were taken to a hospital after the bus collided with another vehicle in Rockville, officials said.

About 8:45 a.m. Friday, police and fire officials went to the scene of the crash, near the intersection of Wootton Parkway and Hurley Avenue.

The school bus was heading southwest on Wootton Parkway when it was struck head-on by a Chevrolet Cavalier that was heading in the opposite direction and had crossed the double yellow line, Rockville City police spokesman Lt. Eric Over said.

Four students, ranging in age from 7 to 10 years old, were taken to a hospital as a precaution but have been released, officials said. The other 33 students on the bus were taken to school by another bus.

The bus driver was not hospitalized, and the Chevy's driver, 80-year-old Ronald Eisler, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police and fire officials.

Eisler was cited with failing to control speed to avoid a collision and with crossing the center line of a roadway, Over said. Police are trying to figure out what caused Eisler to cross the center line of the road.

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