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Potomac Man Cited In Friday School Bus Crash in Rockville

Police: Bus driver was able to stop before the crash.

A Potomac man was cited in a crash between a car and a school bus on Friday morning that sent four Fallsmead Elementary School students to the hospital, a Rockville City Police Department spokesman said. 

Ronald Eisler, 80, was cited with failure to control speed to avoid a collision and crossing the center line, said Lt. Eric Over, a city police spokesman.

A silver Chevy Cavalier driven by Eisler crashed head-on into the bus, which was stopped on Wootton Parkway at Hurley Avenue, Over said.

The school bus driver, who was unhurt, saw the car coming and had come to a complete stop before the crash, Over said.

Thirty-four students were on the bus at the time of the crash, shortly before 9 a.m., Over said. An initial report said there were 37 students on the bus. Four students, ages 7 to 10, were taken to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital with minor injuries, Over said.

Eisler was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda where he was in stable condition with injuries that were not considered life threatening, Over said.

Students continued the ride to school on another bus, Dana Tofig, a county schools spokesman said. Health staff and counselors evaluated those students at the school and their parents were called, Tofig said.

Rockville city police continue to investigate, Over said.

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