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Police: School Bus Overturned in Maryland Because Driver Was Speeding

Two 15-year-old high school students are hurt

A school bus crashed onto its side on a highway in Maryland Monday morning -- injuring five people -- because the bus driver was speeding, police say. 

The driver lost control on Route 29 in Ellicott City just before 7 a.m. Two 15-year-old students from Mt. Hebron High School were hurt, along with the bus driver, the school bus aide and the driver of a car that smashed into the bus, Howard County police say. 

Police issued a citation for negligent driving to bus driver Tyra India Wilcox, 50. Information on how fast she was going was not available immediately. 

The bus fell onto its side as Wilcox headed westbound on Route 100 and exited onto Route 29 north. 

The driver of a 2005 Toyota Matrix then hit the bus. 

All five people who were hurt have minor injuries, police say. One of the students was treated at a hospital and released, a Howard County Public School System spokesman said. The second student is still being treated for minor injuries. The school principal has been at the hospital with the students and their families. 

Northbound U.S. 29 was closed for about two hours after the crash.

The school bus driver has been suspended pending an investigation, the school system spokesman said. "Standard post-accident tests of the driver will be performed," he said. 

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