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Posted at 12:30 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Injured bus passengers identified

By Washington Post editors


12:30 a.m.

Late Wednesday, Maryland State Police said the bus was a 29-passenger Freightliner.

State police identified the injured passengers on the bus as Sally Currie, 47, and Emma Currie, 7, of Carlisle, Pa.; Trina Manetta, 38, Donte Manetta, 10, and Dominic Manetta, 11, of Carlisle; Vincent Oliverio, 12, Madison Oliverio, 9, and Riley Oliverio, 11, of Carlisle; Helen Rockefeller, 74, and Richard Lake 77, of Endicott, N.Y.; and Ashok Sonalkar, 71, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Sally and Emma Currie, Vincent, Madison and Riley Olivero, Helen Rockefeller, Richard Lake, and Ashok Sonalkar were all transported to Suburban Hospital, state police said. Dominic, Donte, and Trina Manetta were transported to Shady Grove Hospital, state police said.

Two other motorists driving on the northbound spur of I-270 from the inner loop of I-495 were struck by a falling light pole caused by the bus crash, according to state police.

June Odegard, 55, of Montgomery Village, Md., was driving a 2010 Honda CRV in the slow lane when a falling highway light pole struck the front of her car, police said. She was transported to Germantown Emergency Medical Center. Another driver, Parag G. Ghodgaonkar, 37, of Germantown, Md, was driving a 1998 Acura in the middle lane when he ran over the same light pole after it struck Odegard’s car, state police said. He was not injured.

--Dan Morse


7:47 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is sending a team to investigate the bus accident.

The effects of the crash were felt on traffic as far south as downtown Bethesda, with cars blocking intersections in their efforts to get to or from River Road, which is also jammed.

--Katherine Shaver


7:31 p.m.
A spokeswoman at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda said eight patients from the crash have been treated there -- not 11, as officials there said earlier.

Hospital spokeswoman Susan Laine said two of the patients, who are adults, are classified as trauma patients and are in fair condition. Two other adults and four children are in good condition. Family members of all the patients have been notified, she said.

-- Maria Glod


7:12 p.m.
A state police helicopter remains in air over the crash site as part of the investigation. Police dogs are searching around bus to make sure there were no ejected passengers.
-- Dan Morse

Three patients were treated at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, two children and one adult, hospital spokeswoman Theresa Scolaro said. She said she did not have information on their conditions.
-- Maria Glod

A Holy Cross spokeswoman said officials there have been told that one person is on "his" way to the hospital for minor injuries. She would not confirm gender or age and said the person had not arrived.

-- Katherine Shaver

7:06 p.m.
Barton Leonard, an emergency room doctor at Suburban Hospital said they received eight patients. Two were considered trauma patients and six were non-trauma. The two trauma victims are adults and are now in fair condition.

Six others came in in fair condition. Two are adults and four are children. All six of those were able to walk in.

We are "fortunate to have relatively few injuries," Leonard said. "I'm surprised there were not more severe injuries."

All the kids have their families with them. One girl's mother was on the bus and the others had family in the area.

None have been released so far.

-- Michael Rosenwald

6:15 p.m.
None of the 11 patients taken to Suburban Hospital suffered life-threatening injuries, said hospital spokeswoman Ronna Borenstein-Levy. She said four children who were treated are in good condition. Two adults are in fair condition, and five others are in good condition.

"We were fortunate these people didn't have more severe injuries," Borenstein-Levy said.

No one from the bus was taken to Holy Cross Hospital or Montgomery County General.

-- Maria Glod

6:11 p.m.
Federal online records for Wolf's Bus Line, the company that owns the bus involved in Wednesday's accident, show it has a safety rating of satisfactory meaning "records indicate no evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements." The rating is the highest of the three possible, which include conditional for a motorcoach carrier that failed to meet at least one safety requirement or unsatisfactory in which a company has substantial shortcoming on safety requirements.

Online federal records also show one accident with an injury for Wolf's within the last 24 months but the site does not provide details of the incident.

Wolf has 44 drivers, according to records with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty


6:06 p.m.
A spokeswoman from Holy Cross Hospital, in Silver Spring, said she believes the hospital will be getting three victims with minor injuries from the bus crash. "We haven't gotten them yet," she said, shortly before 6 p.m.

-- Michael E. Ruane

5:56 p.m.
National Transportation Safety Board officials are monitoring the crash but have not yet decided whether the agency will launch an investigation, spokesman Keith Holloway said.
-- Maria Glod

5:40 p.m.
Nine injured riders were expected to be transported to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, according to hospital spokeswoman Ronna Borenstein-Levy. She said the patients are a mix of children and adults, and that some were still in route to the hospital as of about 5:30 p.m.

Borenstein-Levy said four of the patients were considered traumas, which means they suffered serious injuries.

-- Maria Glod

5:35 p.m.
Maryland State police spokesman Greg Shipley said both parents and children were on the bus.

5:23 p.m.
Montgomery County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham said the bus was heading northbound on Interstate 270, taking an HOV flyover, when it went past a guardrail and down an embankment about 45 feet.

One person, an adult, was killed. Twelve people were taken to area hospitals, two of whom have life threatening injuries, Graham said. Two others have critical injuries and eight have lesser injuries.

Patients were found on the bus and outside on the road following the accident.

Everyone is off the bus, Graham said. Officials were working to remove the one person who was killed.

Witness Rebecca Abarca was driving home from the mall when the accident occurred . People helped kids off the bus. She said a passenger told her the kids were at the National Zoo in Washington and heading home to Pennsylvania.

"All the kids were bleeding," she said. She said she and others were just yelling "Go get the kids., Go get the kids."

-- Dan Morse

One killed in bus accident on I-270
5:07 p.m.
Based on traffic camera angles it appears the bus drove off the northbound HOV ramp to I-270 that comes from the direction of Old Georgetown Road and the outer loop of the Beltway. It wound up on the northbound lanes of I-270 coming from the direction of Democracy Boulevard.

5:00 p.m.
The tour bus that went off I-270 in Bethesda killing one person is owned by Wolf's Bus Line out of York Springs, Pa.

Reporter Mary Pat Flaherty spoke to Casey Kuser, who answered phone at Wolf's. Kuser said: "We are trying to get information ourselves right now, so we have no comment at this point."

The bus was carrying parents and children, the Associated Press reported.

Scott Graham, spokesman for Montgomery County fire and rescue, said the bus was carrying 20 passengers when it was involved in an accident with several vehicles. In addition to the one person killed, 10 others, all still on the bus, are said to be hurt.

Officials are working to extricate them.

4:42 p.m.
One person was killed Wednesday when a tour bus went off I-270 in Bethesda, officials said.

Scott Graham, spokesman for Montgomery County fire and rescue, said a passenger charter bus carrying 20 passengers was involved in an accident with several vehicles. Ten people, all on the bus, are said to be hurt.

There are still passengers trapped on the bus and officials are working to extricate them.

The bus fell off a northbound ramp, Graham said.

All lanes of I-270 closed at the northbound spur. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

Bus accident on I-270 in Bethesda
4:25 p.m.
There has been a serious accident involving a bus at I-270 at Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda. Scott Graham, spokesman for Montgomery County fire and rescue, said a passenger charter bus carrying 20 passengers was involved in an accident. Ten people are hurt and one is dead.

Stay with as the story develops.

By Washington Post editors  | September 30, 2010; 12:30 AM ET
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WaPo: why bother putting up a Google map if you dont' pinpoint where on this accident occurred?

Posted by: theSeaHawk | September 29, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Shaver's update at 7:47 is pretty hilarious, I hope she isn't supposed to be a traffic reporter. As far south as Bethesda...really? I'm sure it was a major impact on close to 1/2 of the inner loop and much further south that pretty little Bethesda.

Posted by: jcbolt | September 29, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"WaPo: why bother putting up a Google map if you dont' pinpoint where on this accident occurred?"

...would you like for them to draw it in for you with a red crayon, in addition to telling you where it happened in the story?

It happened on 270 northbound on the HOV on-ramp just north of Old Georgetown road, at the Democracy overpass. Try Googling it :)

if you get this story don't blame me LOL

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Posted by: brayden29 | September 30, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

""WaPo: why bother putting up a Google map if you dont' pinpoint where on this accident occurred?"

...would you like for them to draw it in for you with a red crayon, in addition to telling you where it happened in the story?"

Absolutely! At least two different flyover ramps could have been involved, and then exactly where did it happen? The WaPo description could equally well have said "in Montgomery County."

Drivers like to have an idea of where they may need to be more careful.

Posted by: Larryclare | October 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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