Somerset bus driver hailed for ‘outstanding bravery’

February 25th, 2016
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Somerset bus driver hailed for ‘outstanding bravery’

February 25, 2016

Troy Brittingham, a substitute bus driver for Somerset County Public Schools, was recognized by the board at its monthly meeting on Jan. 19. 

Transportation Supervisor Gregg Sutton wrote, “Bus driver Troy S. Brittingham Sr. is to be recognized for demonstrating superior defensive driving skills and outstanding bravery in avoiding a potential mass casualty event, saving the lives of 20 school children and several motorists.

“On the afternoon of Jan. 4, 2016, at approximately 3:25 p.m., Mr. Brittingham was heading southbound on Maryland 413, south of Plantation Road and the Crisfield Clinic, when the trailer of an oncoming vehicle dislodged and went airborne, crashing into the front of his school bus.

The impact tore off the front hood of the school bus and shattered the front windshield. Mr. Brittingham successfully maneuvered his bus to the shoulder, avoiding any oncoming traffic, checked to make sure all the students were okay, and called for assistance. 

The students were safely evacuated off the bus and taken to the Crisfield Clinic. Although the bus sustained extensive damage, no one was injured.

“Mr. Brittingham’s heroic efforts reflect great credit upon not only himself and the other professional school bus drivers, but Somerset County Public Schools as well, and he is to be commended.”