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Female Metro Bus Driver from Laurel Found Pinned by Own Bus Dies at Hospital

The bus apparently began to move after the driver got off the bus, which was not carrying passengers.

A Metro bus driver apparently trying to stop her bus from moving after she had disembarked became pinned between the bus and a retaining wall at White Oak Shopping Center, Montgomery County police say. She later died at a hospital.

Officers discovered the driver pinned between a concrete wall and a 2011 Newfoundland XDE Metrobus about 3:30 p.m. Monday, police said in a press release.

The bus had apparently begun to move after the driver had exited the bus.  The driver attempted to engage the brake by reaching through the driver’s window before being struck by the bus and pinned against the wall, police said. There were no passengers on the bus.

The driver was identified as Thomasine Maria Smith, 47, of the 13000 block of Old Stage Road, in Laurel.  Smith was transported to a local trauma center where she died, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

Dana Schwartz December 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM
CORRECTION: Old Stage *Coach* Road is not in the City of Laurel, but rather several miles outside the City near Montpelier in Prince George's County.
JaySmith December 31, 2013 at 07:49 AM
I don't think the "Collision Reconstruction Unit" is necessary for this. In fact, how much does the 'unit' cost the taxpayers?
Polly December 31, 2013 at 08:00 AM
@Dana Schwartz - knock it off already! you are beyond obnoxious. At least find something constructive to do with your time. Again, no where in this article does it say "City of Laurel", it just says Laurel. Again, and as you know, "Laurel" covers a lot of area and 4 counties. Why does it matter so much to you that you feel compelled to correct everything that says "Laurel"? This Patch just says Laurel as well and no where does it say "City of Laurel", so it goes to why they report stories within any and all zip codes for Laurel. If you want just a "City of Laurel" Patch you might want to take that up with Patch yourself. God forbid you get all mixed in with all of us that live in Laurel, albeit not the City.
JaySmith December 31, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Polly: Your meds are ready to be picked up at the Laurel CVS
Polly December 31, 2013 at 08:34 AM
@ JaySmith Let me guess, you live in the City of Laurel ? Actually, I'm good. Sorry but the CVS in the City of Laurel is too far for me to travel. I live in Laurel, not the city, and read this Patch everyday and am always interested in what comments people leave. I don't think Dana needs to attack with his, it's not in the City of Laurel tirade. It doesn't add anything at all to the story or comments. Or perhaps the editors meant for this Patch to be City of Laurel Patch and forgot to make that clear to the readers? Unlike some I know that Laurel encompasses a wide area. Very similar to College Park, where you have Berwyn Heights, Hollywood, etc., that are all in College Park but not the City of College Park.
JaySmith December 31, 2013 at 09:16 AM
I'm just joshing with ya. I don't think it's good to get too serious about these comments, with other people on Patch. Life's too short to take everything too seriously. We get enough "serious" at work, with the economy, with paying exhorbitantly huge taxes, etc, etc. Some of these Patch commenters get way too critical of other peoples' comments. I'd rather comment on the stories, not so much on other commenters. Except to get a laugh.
JaySmith December 31, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Oh, I live in Ellicott City. Not familiar with all the boundaries of Laurel. But I thought the bus-driver story was tragic, but again, based on a completely "unwise" reaction by the driver.
Polly December 31, 2013 at 09:25 AM
@JaySmith many thanks! I actually don't work or I should say I can't BUT I do live in pain 24/7/365! And you are so right about the bus driver, really tragic. As for Dana, if you click on his name 90+% of the time it's the same thing! And frankly I don't find that it contributes at all to the story. I think he should spend his time putting together is own City of Laurel Patch so the rest of us can really concentrate on the story and comments. Peace
Shaka Zulu January 02, 2014 at 08:01 AM
Wow, so sad this poor woman was just doing her job and made a simple mistake, and in the process of trying to apply the brake threw the window she looses her life, just goes to show that the good do die young, God bless the family in these terrible times.

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