St. Mary's Girls' Basketball Team Hurt in School Bus Crash

Police Say Drunken Driver Caused the Crash

By Thomas Tobin
|  Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011  |  Updated 3:08 PM EDT
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Girls' Basketball Team Hurt in Bus Crash

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A school bus crashed Tuesday night in St. Mary's County.

The driver of a pickup truck caused the crash on Route 234 in Chaptico, Md., police told News4. It also involved a car.

The bus was carrying the girls basketball team from Great Mills High School home from a game in Colonial Beach, Va.

Fifteen students and two adults on board the bus were transported to the hospital. Police report that all students have been discharged from the hospital and that no injuries were serious.  The other 13 students on board the bus were released to their parents at the scene of the crash.

Police arrested the driver of the truck that they say caused the crash. John Patrick Kravats, of Mechanicsville, Md., was charged with DUI.

"Our bus driver was very heroic," school superintendent Michael Martirano told News4.

After keeping the bus from tipping over in the crash, the driver helped passengers out of his damaged vehicle.

You can also see pictures of the crash posted by the local St. Mary's County website.

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