Ride On bus accident in Rockville sends four to hospital -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated on April 23, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.

Montgomery County Police have cited the driver of a Ride On bus involved in a crash Monday that included 11 other vehicles.

Police said the accident happened on Nicholson Lane at about 1:39 p.m.

The driver of the Montgomery County Transit Ride On bus has been cited with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, Montgomery County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti said on Tuesday.

The crash forced police to shut down both the westbound and eastbound lanes of Nicholson Lane for some time Monday.

Police now say that four people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One pregnant woman drove herself to the hospital as well, Innocenti said.

Seven cars were towed from the scene, she said.

A commercial vehicle inspector is investigating the accident, Montgomery County Police Department spokeswoman Janelle Smith said.

Driver Dan Morrison was waiting at the intersection in his 2008 Mazda to turn left onto Rockville Pike, he said, when he heard loud crashing sounds behind him.

When he looked into his rearview mirror, he said, “I saw a bus just plowing through cars.”

The bus ended up pushing other cars to the side, causing secondary crashes, Morrison said.

“I saw the car behind me pushed and get jolted forward. The next thing I knew, I got rammed into,” he said.

Morrison said the back end of his Mazda was “crushed.”

“The trunk basically doesn’t exist anymore,” he said.

“The scary part was that I kept getting pushed up the street, and by the time I stopped, I was in the middle of the intersection. I had both feet on the brakes... It was hard to make it stop,” he said.