Four still in hospital after bus accident

Some patients’ recovery at a Maryland hospital after a Sunday tour bus crash in Bedford County extended overnight.

Of the 15 patients transported to Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Md., four remained admitted as of Monday afternoon, including the driver, Terrence Harold Shultz. All are in stable condition, said Kathy Rogers, the hospital’s director of community relations.

According to state police at Bedford, Shultz was driving too fast for conditions when he lost control of the bus, headed for Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone, Md.

Bill and Deborah Scully, owners of Freedom Excursions by Scully LLC, issued a statement on Monday noting that passengers said Shultz’s reaction in the moments before impact avoided a much more serious accident.

“We at Freedom Excursions are thankful for all of the thoughts and prayers sent our way for our passengers and staff during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are for our guests who we consider family and friends. Following yesterday’s incident, most passengers were treated and released. Four of our passengers including our driver and group leader were admitted for further care. We have been told that their injuries are nonlife threatening. From the guests we have spoken with aboard the bus, we were told that our driver, Terry Shultz, was able to avoid a much more serious accident when he encountered the section of icy road.”

The Scullys’ letter stated that Bedford County Emergency Management Director Dave Cubbison assisted them in arranging transportation for the patients from their hospitals.

“We thank those guests involved for their patience and understanding during the incident and look forward to providing them with future safe outings.”

More than two dozen ambulances from four counties responded to the scene of the accident on Sunday.

In addition to the 15 passengers transported to Western Maryland for medical treatment, 11 others were transported to UPMC Bedford Memorial and subsequently released.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.