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8 students struck by car at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. -

Eight members of the ROTC unit at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville were rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car in the parking lot where they were practicing.

Worried relatives rushed to the school to check on their kids, and some were overcome by the sight of their injured children.

"She got knocked down. Her right elbow's hurt. That's all. We have her on a backboard as a precaution," paramedics told one woman to try and comfort her.

Two 14-year-olds went to Children's Hospital. Six others who are older went to other hospitals.

"All sustained non-life threatening, a combination of scrapes, bruises,” Prince George's County Fire and EMS Spokesperson Mark Brady says. “A possible head injury is the most serious we saw here today.”

The car's windshield shows the devastating impact. It shattered after striking the students.

Investigators say the driver failed to negotiate a turn or stop, and plowed right into the students.

Police say the cause of the accident appears to be sun glare.

"I can tell you when I was coming down the hill to get to the scene, the amount of sun glare was devastating,” says Brady. “I'm not saying that played a role, but it could have.”

The 19-year-old driver, a Mount Rainier resident who only had a learner's permit, stayed on the scene and cooperated with Hyattsville Police who are in charge of the investigation. He has been charged with multiple counts of negligent driving, failure to control his vehicle and driving without required supervision.


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