MD State Police Investigating Sunday’s Bus Crash

Maryland State Police are continuing to investigate a bus crash in which more than two dozen people were injured Sunday in Kingsville.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Sunday, troopers from the Maryland State Police JFK Memorial Highway Barrack responded to Interstate 95 South near Kingsville, Maryland for a report of a bus that overturned. According to a preliminary report, the bus was in the right lane of the highway when the driver swerved to avoid striking another vehicle. The driver lost control of the bus, leading to it going off the road and overturning.

The bus rolled over near Bradshaw and Raphel roads. It was carrying 47 people. Twenty-seven people reported injuries at the scene. Twelve of those victims refused transport and 15 were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

Baltimore County and Harford County fire and EMS crews responded to the scene to care for the patients. No fatalities were reported. Neither impaired or distracted driving were factors in the crash. No charges have been filed in this case.

The crash remains under investigation.

County FOP Asks Police Chief to Resign/She Declines

The Baltimore County FOP Lodge 4 sent a letter to Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski to ask for the resignation of Baltimore County Chief Melissa Hyatt.

“A short time ago, we gathered as members of the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #4. After much discussion, a motion was made requesting that Chief Melissa Hyatt be removed from her position as the Chief of the Baltimore County Police Department,” said a statement from the FOP on Twitter.

The letter complained about Hyatt on issues such as the handling of sex harassment/hostile work environment cases, not taking questions during In-Service training, not having a direct contact with the union, honoring “disgraced” officer Tia Byrum, who was accused in the kidnapping and murder of two children and the rise in crime throughout Baltimore County.

“This was a very difficult decision for the membership, but the motion was unanimous. Morale has never been lower.”

Hyatt immediately released a statement declining the FOP’s request for her to step down. Her statement is below:

“On June 17, 2019, I was sworn in as the 14th Chief of Police for the Baltimore County Police Department. As a lifelong resident of our County, I fully appreciated the responsibility entrusted to me as the Chief of Police.

When I arrived, I quickly discovered that our Department already had a strong foundation and its members were dedicated and hard working law enforcement professionals. I also enjoyed a productive working relationship with the prior union leadership, which included open and frequent communication.

Unfortunately, a small group of my critics from within the current police union leadership have encouraged its members to request my removal from office. While I am disappointed to learn about this effort, I will not be discouraged.

For the past three years, I have had the honor to lead our Police Department and support the extraordinary efforts of our members.

Department members have the opportunity to participate in focus groups, listening sessions, and open forums to provide their feedback. This is in addition to establishing a dedicated police union liaison and an e-mail address that allows for direct communication between any member of the agency and myself.

My work has been, and will continue to be, focused on our commitment to crime reduction, building and maintaining meaningful relationships within the community, increasing accountability, expanding our employee wellness program, and providing the best training and equipment to our members.

I continue to be grateful for the support from the community we serve, our County Executive, and the County Council. Their collective investment in our mission is an integral part of making public safety a priority here in Baltimore County.

It is a challenging time to work in the law enforcement profession. I am extremely proud of the exceptional work that our members do on a daily basis, as we navigate together through unprecedented police reform legislation and a global pandemic.

I remain committed to leading the members of our police department and will not be deterred or distracted from ensuring that we continue to provide the highest level of service to all of the communities throughout Baltimore County.”

Baltimore County Gives Update on Bus Crash

-photo courtesy of Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company-

Baltimore County Fire Department released an update on what they called a “mass casualty incident” near Kingsville involving a Megabus that rolled over on I-95 south.

The bus rolled over near Bradshaw and Raphel roads. It was carrying 47 people. Twenty-seven people suffered minor injuries. Twelve of those refused transport, and 15 were transported to local hospitals.

Fire and rescue crews were dispatched at 6:55 a.m. Units from Harford County also responded under mutual aid agreements.

No other vehicles were involved.

The crash is under investigation by Maryland State Police. 

Rollover Crash Involving Mega Bus Reported on I-95

-photo courtesy of Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company-

Baltimore County Fire Department reported a major incident on southbound Interstate 95 this morning as a bus ran off the side of the road into a ditch.

This bus was described as a “Mega Bus.”

The accident was reported between the Bradshaw and Raphel overpasses in White Marsh area.

The call came in on May 22 at 7:16 a.m.

There are initial reports are 27 patients with non-life threatening injuries.

Expect major delays on I-95 this morning.

Officers to Honor Amy Caprio

Baltimore County Police announced their officers will be wearing a memorial ribbon bar on their uniform or a mourning band on their badge tomorrow in memory of a fallen hero.

On May 21, 2018, Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio, 29, responded to a call for a suspicious vehicle with multiple suspicious subjects walking around homes on Linwen Way in Perry Hall. When she arrived and located the vehicle, she got out of her police car and ordered the driver to exit the vehicle. Instead, the driver accelerated and fatally struck Officer Caprio.

Officer Caprio was nearly a four-year veteran of the Department and was married. Officer Amy Caprio’s name, along with the names of other fallen heroes, is inscribed on a monument at Patriot Plaza in Towson.

Motorists Rescue Driver From I-95 Crash

-photo courtesy of Baltimore County Fire Department-

Baltimore County Fire Department reported that several civilians helped with a rescue after a vehicle was on fire after a crash on I-95 this morning.

The crash was reported on May 20 before 10 a.m. on southbound I-95 in Rosedale.
According to Baltimore County, motorists stopped to help remove the driver from the crash.

The driver escaped with non life-threatening injuries.

The Maryland Department of Environment, the Baltimore County Fire Department and other agencies worked on the clean up.

There were major delays during the morning commute on Friday.