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The speed of a car traveling on a highway shoulder to pass other vehicles last Friday in the Redgate area was a factor in an ensuing crash that killed its driver, law officers report, as the sedan crashed into the side of an oncoming school bus.

Dennis Anthony Gingles, 46, of Lexington Park was thrown from the southbound 2005 Hyundai by the impact and was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies investigating Friday’s 8:02 a.m. collision. Neither the bus’ driver, 44-year-old Sandra Marie Adkins of Lexington Park, nor any of the eight Great Mills High School students on the bus were injured.

The Hyundai hit a ditch on the southbound shoulder of Route 5 near Whirlwind Road and crossed the highway, striking the northbound bus, law officers said.

The students were en route to the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown when the car collided with the side of the bus, Superintendent Michael Martirano said Friday morning, immediately after visiting the scene of the accident. The bus driver, Martirano said, was taken to a hospital to be examined.

Route 5 between Chingville Road and Whirlwind Road was shut down through midday Friday as an accident reconstruction team worked at the scene.

Martirano said a deputy at the scene told him that some of the Forrest center students exited the bus after the collision and began to assist the car’s driver, using the bus’ first-aid kit.

“What the students witnessed was horrific,” Martirano said.

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