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One Killed, Several Injured in Caroline County Crash

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Tuesday morning's crash scene in Caroline County. (Photos: WBOC Chopper 16) Tuesday morning's crash scene in Caroline County. (Photos: WBOC Chopper 16)

PRESTON, Md.- Maryland State Police say one person was killed and several injured after a car and a bus collided in Caroline County on Tuesday morning.

Police identified the person killed as Michaela D. Coulbourn, 50, of Preston, Md. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Coulbourn was the driver and only occupant of a 2005 Cadillac passenger car, police said. 

The driver of the 2013 Ford bus is identified as Rome E. Brittingham Jr., 68, of Denton, Md. Brittingham was driving a state-owned bus that was providing county transportation for individuals to an adult care facility, investigators said. 

Police said that shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, troopers from the Easton Barracks were dispatched to the crash that occurred on Bethlehem Road (Rt. 578), one-10th of a mile east of Newton Road., in Preston. Arriving troopers found the Cadillac and Ford bus had collided and the bus had overturned onto its side. EMS and fire personnel responded to the scene and transported the bus driver, his assistant, and the five people being driven to the care facility to Easton Memorial Hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions as they approached each other on Bethlehem Road. Troopers said that for reasons unclear at this time, the Cadillac apparently drifted across the centerline and into the path of the oncoming Ford bus. Police said the bus driver tried to avoid the collision, but the Cadillac struck the bus on the driver's side near the rear axle, causing the bus to overturn.

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