This story has been updated. Most recent update: 1:15 p.m.
One of Montgomery County’s Ride On buses crashed into a house in Silver Spring on Monday morning, sending several passengers to the hospital with relatively minor injuries.
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, said Capt. Paul Starks, spokesman for the Montgomery County Police.
Oriola Olamide, a taxi driver who lives in the house with his wife and three children, said he had just arrived home with groceries and was parked outside in his Toyota Camry when he noticed the Ride On bus trying to turn onto his street.
“He couldn’t turn, he just came straight,” Olamide said.
As the bus careened just past the nose of the Camry and into his living room, his two sons, Toye Olamide, 16, and Kofo Olamide, 22, were inside.
Toye Olamide said he was sleeping two rooms over from the living room when the crash woke him.
“I thought it was an earthquake,” he said. “My initial reaction was to run out the front door.”
When he got to the living room, he saw the bus crashed through the door.
Kofo Olamide, a psychology major at Morgan State who was in the basement, said he ran upstairs to make sure his brother was okay. “It’s a mess, glass and wood everywhere,” he said. He said wall of his sister’s bedroom, which is near the living room, had partially collapsed.
The rest of the family soon arrived home. Simi Olamide, 18, a Bowie State student who had been at a nursing class, said her bed sits perilously close to the damaged wall. “That’s where I sleep, my head is right there,” she said as she stood outside the house.
After the crash, Oriola Olamide, said he jumped out of his car to see if anyone had been hurt, and asked the bus driver what had happened. “He said the brakes failed,” Oriola Olamide said.
The crash remains under investigation, and officials have no idea about the cause at this time, Starks said.
There were about 10 to 15 people on the bus. Montgomery police Sgt. Charles Welch said the driver and three passengers were taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries. “They were all walking and talking,” Welch said.
Starks said the bus was turning onto southbound Avenel Road when it left the road and drove onto the yard of the house at 9407 Avenel Road. It continued across that yard and onto the yard of the house at 9405 Avenel Road, just south of the first home.
It then hit an unoccupied taxicab parked in the driveway at 9405 Avenel Road, spinning the cab around and damaging the car’s passenger side, Starks said.
The bus continued on through the home’s front porch and into the front of the house.
Outside the damaged house, Kemi Olamide, a realtor, kept looking at her daughter, the teenager’s damaged bedroom and her sons and husband.
“Thank God I can see everyone,” she said. “That’s the most important thing, I can see them all.”
Avoid the immediate area around this intersection, as fire and rescue vehicles are on the scene and likely to create delays in both directions. The bus remains in place due to the investigation, but when it is eventually moved the roadway will be closed in both directions, Starks said.
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