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Bus with Pennsylvania students overturns on I-95 in Maryland

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - A car that tried to pass a charter bus full of eighth-graders who were traveling from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., on a field trip clipped the bus, causing it to overturn, police said.

Maryland State Police said the southbound car lost control Monday morning as it tried to pass the bus on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland, came back across travel lanes and clipped the front of the bus.

The bus then overturned at least once near Havre de Grace, according to Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley.

Philadelphia school officials said 26 eighth-graders, two teachers, a parent-chaperone and the driver were on the bus.

Schools Superintendent William Hite Jr. said at a news conference that one teacher was taken to a trauma center in Baltimore. A spokeswoman for the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, said a student had been taken there.

Shipley said a group of Philadelphia police recruits was on a commercial bus behind the bus that crashed and stopped to help. Those recruits were headed to the National Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony in Washington.

I-95 was stopped in both directions while helicopters landed, but northbound traffic was flowing again a short time later; the southbound lanes remained closed until shortly after 2 p.m., police said.

The bus that overturned was operated by Phoenixville, Chester County-based Werner Coach.

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