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This story was updated at 12 p.m. Feb. 23.

One man was critically injured in a Germantown collision involving a school bus and three other vehicles that closed Clopper Road from Game Preserve Road to Waring Station Road Friday afternoon.

Seven special needs children who were riding on the bus involved in the accident were transported from the accident on Clopper Road just north of Game Preserve Road to a local hospital for evaluation, said Beth Anne Nesselt, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson. The students were all from Clopper Mill Elementary School, according to school spokesman Dana Tofig. Updates on the condition of those brought to the hospital were not immediately available Saturday morning.

According to Montgomery County Police, 37-year-old Kent Behzad Karimi, of North Potomac, was waiting to make a left turn from the northbound lanes of Clopper Road into Seneca Creek State Park. A white Chevrolet Express van, driven north by Clarksburg resident Jose J. Marez, 39, struck Karimi’s black Chevrolet Equinox.

The van struck the back of the Equinox, pushing the car into the southbound lanes of Clopper Road.

A Montgomery County school bus, driven by Frederick resident Margaret Karen Hoyte, 53, was traveling south on Clopper Road and was unable to stop before it hit the Equinox.

Germantown resident Denise C. Pareja, 26, was traveling north on Clopper Road when she attempted to avoid hitting the Chevrolet van and lost control of her Volvo S40, striking a concrete bus stop on the roadside, according to police.

Marez, who was not injured, stayed on the scene after the accident. Karimi was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks.

Pareja and seven students on the bus were taken to a local hospital for examination. Hoyte and an adult attendant on the bus were also transported, according to Tofig.

Police were unable to find the name of the attendant, Starks said. No one on the bus reported any serious injuries.

Charges will be considered after the completion of the county police department’s investigation, Starks said.

Staff writer Sylvia Carignan contributed to this report.

lpowers@gazette.net, scarignan@gazette.net