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Driver handcuffed after unattended school bus with children on board crashes, striking a child

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BELTSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - A Prince George's County school bus crashed Monday morning in front of High Point High School, hitting a young boy who was in front of the school at the time and injuring another child who was a passenger on the bus.

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Police said the student who was struck by the bus was an 8-year-old boy, who was pulled out from under the bus after being struck. He was transported to the trauma center at Children's National Medical Center in Washington.

One student passenger on the bus complained of leg injuries. All injured children are expected to recover.

Prince George's County Police are investigating the crash, but officers said that their preliminary findings indicated the bus was unattended when it "rolled across the road." The driver reportedly told police he stopped for a quick bathroom break at High Point during the bus' route - but, for whatever reason, the parking break was not engaged.

The driver was taken away from the scene of the crash in handcuffs.

Law enforcement sources told ABC7 the driver has been identified as 61-year-old Arturo Roberto Harris, and that he is being charged with reckless endangerment, leaving a child unattended, negligent driving, leaving an unattended vehicle, and leaving a vehicle on a grade without turning wheels to the curb.

ABC7 spoke with the mother of the young boy who was struck by the bus, who said her son is home with a few bumps and bruises, but no serious injuries, which she called "a miracle."

The mother and son declined to comment on the activities of the bus driver surrounding the crash.

 

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