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High School Girl, 17, Killed in Collision with Md. School Bus

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MIDDLETOWN, Md. (AP)- A high school senior died Tuesday morning when the SUV she was driving on a two-lane county road collided with a school bus with just one student aboard near Middletown, Md., police said.

The bus driver sustained minor injuries, and the passenger wasn't hurt.

Claire Knight, 17, died in the collision, Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Amanda Hatcher said. She said Knight was traveling north on Old Middletown Road, in the direction of Middletown High School, when her car hit the front end of the southbound bus about a mile south of town.

The bus had just begun its route, said Michael Doerrer, spokesman for the county's public school system.

Hatcher said the student on the bus was examined at a local hospital after the crash, in accordance with school policy.

Middletown High School Principal Lee Jeffrey announced the student's death in an email to school families.

"It is with a heavy heart that I share with you sad news," her message began.

Jeffrey wrote that school psychologists and counselors were available. She urged community members to pull together and support one another.

"Together our school community will cope with this tragic loss," Jeffrey wrote.

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