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A school bus accident in front of Julius West Middle School on Monday injured seven people, including five students.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services transported all seven people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries at about 9:45 a.m. One child was injured seriously with non-life-threatening injuries, Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Beth Ann Nesselt said.

All five students were treated at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and released, according to Gboyinde Onijala, Montgomery County Public Schools senior communication specialist.

The accident happened at Maryland Avenue and Falls Road in Rockville at about 8:30 a.m., according to Rockville Police Chief Terry Treschuk. Treschuk said a silver Jeep Cherokee was traveling east on Falls Road and struck the school bus at the intersection when attempting to make a left turn onto northbound Great Falls Road.

Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools, said the students on the bus were on their way to Ritchie Park Elementary School. Treschuk said the bus was carrying about 45 students ages five to ten years old.

“The students that were not taken to Shady Grove Adventist [Hospital] were taken to the school on another bus and evaluated by a health professional at the school,” he said.

One of the adults injured in the accident was the bus driver, Tofig said, and the other was driving another vehicle involved in the crash.

The accident temporarily blocked all lanes of traffic on Maryland Avenue. The driver of the Jeep was charged with failing to grant the right of way, according to Treschuk.

ewaibel@gazette.net