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No brake failure in Silver Spring bus crash, officials say

Officials found no problems with the brakes on a Montgomery County Ride On bus that crashed into a Silver Spring house in August, a county spokesman said Saturday.

The spokesman, Patrick Lacefield, said the county is still investigating the Aug. 20 crash, which caused six people on the bus — including the driver — to sustain non-life-threatening injuries. Lacefield said officials have so far found no mechanical problems with the vehicle.

After the crash, the driver told the homeowner that the brakes failed.

The driver did not show up to a scheduled meeting with Ride On officials to discuss the incident, Lacefield said. Another meeting is scheduled for this week, according to Lacefield, who said the investigation will not be closed until officials have spoken with the driver.

The bus was turning from Stateside Drive onto southbound Avenel Road shortly before 10:50 a.m. when it drove over two yards, hit a parked taxicab and crashed into the front of a house on Avenel Road.


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