Drunk Driver Causes Accident with Bus in Southern Maryland

BALTIMORE —More than 20 people are being treated for injuries after a three-vehicle collision involving a school bus in southern Maryland.

Police said the man who caused the crash has since been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Maryland State Police said shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a pickup truck tried to make a left turn at the intersection of Budds Creek Road and Mechanicsville Road in Chaptico and ran into an oncoming car.

The truck was then thrown into traffic and hit by a school bus carrying the girls’ basketball team from Great Mills High School, investigators said. The bus went off the roadway into a wooded area.

Police said 17 people on the bus, 15 of whom were students, were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. They’ve since been released.

Two people inside the car, including a 13-year-old, were also hospitalized.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as John Patrick Kravats, 44, of Mechanicsville, suffered minor injuries. He was arrested and charged with DUI.

The bus was returning to St. Mary’s County after a game in Virginia.

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