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The bus driver who was pinned against a retaining wall by her bus after it rolled backward Monday afternoon died from her injuries later in the day.

At about 3:30 p.m. in the White Oak Shopping Center in Wheaton, police found Thomasine Maria Smith, 47, of Laurel pinned between a concrete retaining wall and a 2011 Newfoundland XDE Metrobus.

Police think that after exiting her bus, which was empty, Smith was crushed by it after it started moving and she unsuccessfully tried to stop it by reaching through the driver’s window to access the brake.

Fire and rescue personnel took her to a local trauma center, where she died, police said.

The incident occurred while Smith was on a “layover,” according to Caroline Laurin, a spokeswoman with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

“She had finished a run, and had some time before the next,” Laurin said.

Agency officials said they aren’t sure what caused the bus to roll. Montgomery County police declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, as it is ongoing.

Smith had been a Metrobus driver for seven years, according to Laurin.

“The entire Metro family is mourning the loss of Ms. Smith today,” she said Tuesday.

Smith’s relatives could not be reached for comment.

sjbsmith@gazette.net