UPDATED: Bus Accident Closes Portion Of Quince Orchard Road

Quince Orchard Road was closed in both directions Friday afternoon after a bus struck a utility pole at the Bank Street intersection.

UPDATED, 6:36 p.m.: Quince Orchard Road was closed in both directions Friday afternoon after a school bus struck a Pepco utility poll at the Bank Street intersection, Montgomery County Police Chief Paul Starks said.

No one was injured in the collision—which occurred shortly after noon—and no passengers were on the bus, Starks said.

Quince Orchard Road is closed from Clopper Road (Rt. 117) to Quince Orchard Boulevard, Gaithersburg Police spokesperson Dan Lane said, adding he anticipates the road won't reopen until at least 4 p.m.

Pepco spokesperson Bob Hainey said approximately 400 customers lost power at the time of the incident. Power was restored for most of those customers after two hours, Hainey said.

Hainey originally told Patch no customers were affected by the incident.

The bus involved in the crash was donated by Montgomery County Public Schools to Montgomery College for use in its commercial driver's license training program, MCPS spokesperson Dana Tofig told Patch in an email.

The driver of the bus was an instructor for the training program, Montgomery College Director of Communications Elizabeth Homan said. The instructor was moving the bus from the training lot near Clopper Road and First Field Road to a storage lot on MC's Germantown Campus.

Montgomery College officials are still investigating the incident, Homan said.

Check back with Gaithersburg Patch as more information becomes available. 

Jim Worthey June 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
At 4:15 pm, I believe that power was restored, but Quince Orchard Road was still closed to traffic. The guys had a lot of work remaining to attach all the utilities to the new pole.
Jim Worthey June 09, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Greg Cohen is doing a great job of reporting this story. I snapped a few pictures, but wondered about the story.
Joe Thomas June 09, 2012 at 11:32 AM
MVA lost power. They handled it very well.
Kevin Ingalls June 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
How does a driving instructor lose control and drive into a utility pole on a straight road? I'd love to hear the full story.
Jim Worthey June 10, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Kevin, I believe the bus was coming out of Bank Street against the light. In effect the driver was making a left but took it wide. A friend of mine was northbound on Quince Orchard Road (MD 124) and waiting for the light at Bank Street. She got the green and was beginning to roll when her Camry was nearly hit by the bus. Then she called to say that she was nearly killed, which prompted me to go see the damage.


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