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February 9, 2014

30 hurt in tour bus crash on U.S. Route 220

CUMBERLAND — At least 30 people were injured Sunday afternoon when a tour bus traveled out of control and overturned on snow-covered U.S. Route 220 not far from the state line, according to the Bedford County Control emergency center.

Cumberland Fire Department ambulances and numerous volunteer ambulances from Allegany and Bedford counties were dispatched to the scene at about 2:30 p.m.

First-responders set up a triage site at Cherry Run Road to determine the severity of injuries, provide initial treatment and prioritize transports to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

A mass casualty trailer from Bedford County was also brought to the scene.

The accident closed Route 220.

Radio transmissions from the scene indicated 30 people were injured in the crash that occurred as area roadways were becoming covered with snow.

About 15 patients were reportedly taken to the Cumberland hospital in stable condition. Patients were also being taken to Bedford Memorial Hospital.

Maryland State Highway Adminstration sent three snow plows to the area to clear the Maryland side of U.S. 220 for ambulances to travel to the Regional Medical Center.

An unconfirmed report indicated a Bedford County ambulance crashed while en route to the scene but no one was injured.

A report from the scene shortly before 4 p.m. indicated the bus was upright in the roadway. Passengers were still being assisted off the bus at that time.

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