Officials offer condolences after deadly bus crash in southwest Baltimore

Posted at 2:23 PM, Nov 01, 2016

Local officials offered their condolences after a bus crash in southwest Baltimore claimed the lives of six people Tuesday morning.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked emergency crews for their aid following the crash:

"I offer my sincerest condolences to the victims and families impacted by this morning's tragic bus crash in Southwest Baltimore.  I am thankful for the expedient response of our emergency staff who are doing all they can to assist those in critical need and render aid where necessary, as well as those who have offered resources and support. Please continue to pray for the many lives impacted by today's events.  As we verify more information, additional details will be released."

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Governor Larry Hogan extended his condolences:

"The First Lady and I are deeply saddened to hear of the horrific crash this morning in Southwest Baltimore involving a school bus and an MTA commuter bus. Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families in the wake of this tragedy. We will continue to pray for those who were injured, as well as the first responders who worked swiftly and continue to care for the injured.

"Our administration gives our full support to the Baltimore City Police Department as they investigate, and we are prepared to offer any state assistance necessary."

Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn offered prayers for the victims and kudos to first responders: 

"The entire Maryland Department of Transportation family and MDOT's Maryland Transit Administration send our condolences to all the people impacted by this morning's bus crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones and those Marylanders helping family members recover from their injuries. 

Seeing first hand this morning the hard work of so many jurisdictions working together, I want to thank the entire team of professionals:  all the first responders, the medical specialists, and Baltimore City Police for leading the full investigation. 

I also want to thank the men and women of the MTA that make safety a top priority every day as they deliver transportation throughout the Baltimore-Washington region to thousands of Marylanders that depend on MTA to get where they need to go."

Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton, whose district the crash happened in, also thanked first responders and asked for prayers for victims and their families. 

It is with great sadness and grief that the 8th District has been shaken by the tragedy of this morning’s commute for citizens on their way to work and school.  We want to thank the first responders,  Baltimore City Fire And Police for getting there and handling the situation.  Let us keep the families of those who have lost loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.  We do not know the names  but we do know that precious lives were lost.   Our sincerest and deepest condolences go out to the families during this tragic loss of life. 

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin noted the six people who were killed began their day like any other.           

I am deeply saddened by the news of this morning’s fatal bus accident in southwest Baltimore. The situation is ongoing and we are still learning all the facts, including how many are injured or hospitalized. But so far we know at least six lives have been lost. Those are six people who woke up to go to work this morning like any other morning, but who won’t be going home. Six families who now have to bear the unbearable. My heart goes out to them all and my prayers are with all the victims and their families.

I extend my utmost gratitude to our first responders for their swift and professional response to such a horrific tragedy. There is no question their prompt action saved lives.

Six people died after a crash involving an MTA bus and a school bus in the 3800 block of Frederick Avenue. Five fatalities were reported on the MTA bus, and the school bus driver died at the scene. No children were aboard the school bus.   

The incident is under investigation.

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