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Posted at 5:41 PM ET, 03/ 6/2011

Bus crashes into townhouse

By Matt Zapotosky

A Ride On bus crashed into a townhouse in the Gaithersburg area of Montgomery County Sunday afternoon, causing damage serious enough to call in building inspectors and have the residents of the home find other accommodations, authorities said.

No one was injured in the crash, which occurred just after 3:30 p.m. on Anna Court, said Capt. Dave Falcinelli of the Montgomery County Police Department. He said the bus was traveling on Girard Street when it left the road, went into the backyard of the home on Anna Court and hit the house's corner. The bus was not carrying any passengers, and neither the bus driver nor the people in the home were hurt, Falcinelli said.

Investigators are still probing why the vehicle left the roadway, Falcinelli said.

Falcinelli said the damage done to the house was significant enough that the residents were displaced while inspectors examined it, but “it’s not like it entered the house.” He said the Red Cross was helping the residents find other living accommodations.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 6, 2011; 5:41 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Blessed be the Virgin Mary that it didn't happen in PG.

Posted by: polecatx1 | March 6, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kool Aid!

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 7, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Why is the Red Cross helping the residents finding living accommodations? The Ride on bus company should be the ones putting them up in a Hotel for free.

Posted by: remission1 | March 7, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Ride-On has a HISTORY of not doing the right thing.

In 1995, a Ride-On Driver (currently working from the Gaithersburg depot)was CONVICTED of CHILD MOLESTATION against the 12 year old daughter of a co-worker, yet Ride-On allowed the operator to retain his job, yet FRIED the victims father.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | March 7, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"It's not like it entered the house"? Is that SERIOUSLY the best thing you can say about this, you twerp? And I agree, RideOn should be helping them and paying for them, not the Red Cross. The RC is supposed to be for the unfortunate...

As for the molestation of the kid, hey, the Church keeps on priests who molest kids ALL the time (and yes, even now), so why not RideOn?

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | March 7, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Would you feel safe if your daughter was on a bus, being operated/controled by a Convicted Child Molester?

I have to wonder, if the Ride-On operator was on their cell-phone, when the accident happened.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | March 7, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

My guess is the bus driver was either on a cell phone, or having a medical emergency. I hope there will be a follow up to this article to let us know how this driver ended up leaving the road.

Posted by: CatLady5 | March 7, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

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