Takoma Park Police said two young boys were injured after falling out of the emergency exit of a moving school bus Wednesday morning.
The boys, ages 5 and 6, were sitting near an emergency exit door in the middle of the bus, according to Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig.
According to Tofig, the strap of one student’s backpack caught on the latch of the door. When the bus went over a speed bump, the strap pulled up the latch, opening the door.
There were 50 students on the bus from Piney Branch and Takoma Park elementary schools. The boys who fell out of the bus are students at Takoma Park Elementary School, Tofig said.
The principals from both schools were sending home letters to parents, he said.
“We’re grateful the injuries don’t appear serious at this time,” Tofig said.
The school system was investigating the incident and examining the bus, which is routine when a vehicle is involved in an accident.
The bus didn’t appear to have any malfuncion, he said, adding that “a very unusual set of circumstances” caused the accident.
According to Takoma Park Police spokeswoman Catherine Plevy, the incident took place around 9 a.m in the 700 block of Maplewood Avenue.
The driver told police the bus was going 20 miles per hour when the boys fell, Plevy said.
The boys had scrapes and bruises and were taken to a local hospital, she said.