(BALTIMORE) — At least six people were killed after a school bus and a commuter bus collided in Baltimore Tuesday morning, police said.
There were no children on the school bus.
Police say the crash occurred around 7 a.m. when a school bus struck the rear of a Ford Mustang, then a pillar and veered into oncoming traffic, striking a Maryland Transit Administration bus.
The entire driver’s side of the MTA bus was torn off, Baltimore Police Spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference Tuesday morning.
“It looks like a bomb exploded,” Smith added.
Police said there were at least five fatalities on the MTA bus. The driver of the school bus was also killed. There were 13 people on the MTA bus and two on the school bus, Smith said.
Four patients were being treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center, including one who was in critical condition in the shock trauma center, a spokesman told ABC News.
Niles Ford of the Baltimore Fire Department described a challenging scene for emergency responders. He said rescue workers had to cut out seats of at least one of the buses to gain access to the front.
As of 9:50 a.m. Tuesday morning, emergency personnel were still working their way through the MTA bus, Ford said.
It was unclear how fast the vehicles were traveling.
Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement after the crash.
“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,” the statement read.
“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, including the individuals in Shock Trauma, 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.”
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