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Bus Driver Protects Kids by Avoiding Huge Accident in Queen Anne's County


CAMDEN, Del. (WBOC) - An elderly driver remains hospitalized after Thursday's multi-vehicle accident along a busy stretch of Rt. 50 in Queen Anne's County.

Maryland State Police say 77-year-old Mary Greer was driving the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Rt. 50 and hit a tanker truck.

Three other vehicles ended up involved in the crash. Three people, including Greer, were flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Two have been released. Greer remains in stable condition.

It all happened in the middle of rush hour traffic. That traffic included a charter bus full of kids that just narrowly avoiding being a part of the accident.

Stan Potter was behind the wheel of the charter from Dawson Bus Service out of Camden. It was heading back from Washington DC to St. Michaels with a bunch of sixth graders, parents, and teachers on board.

Potter has driven Dawson buses thousands and thousands of miles.

"I have no idea how many, but quite a few," he said.

He's been with the company for more than two decades.

"I pride myself when I'm driving in avoiding situations like this, but this was something that just happened so quickly."

Potter says he was coming up to the 50/301 split.

"I was in the middle lane," he said. "This car came down going the wrong way. I reacted to the point of getting out of her way. She went by me. There was a tractor trailer coming up, and she ran right into it."

WBOC asked Potter what was going through his mind as he swerved.

"As quickly as this happened, I don't really know. Afterwards, you think about it, and you think - how could this happen? At the time, all you can say is it's there. It was in a matter of seconds that this happened."

He says the kids were well-behaved and nobody was hurt.

"After it happened the kids were excited. The teachers settled them right down and told them everybody is fine. We're going on. We're OK. There has been an accident behind us. The teachers took care of the kids."

Potter says a parent called 911 and he kept driving because he didn't know what the kids might see if he stopped.

And he says he hopes this is the last time something like this happens to him or his bus.

"I've never had it happen before. I never want to see it again," he said.

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