BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Three students were taken to a hospital after a school bus they were in was rear ended Tuesday morning.

Maryland State Police reports the wreck happened while the bus was picking up children on Route 40 in Cecil County.

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There were 27 students on board, and the injured children were between the ages of 8 and 10. The bus driver was helping a student board the bus at the time of the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle involved was also taken to a hospital. Police are investigating whether that driver was using a cell phone at the time of the crash.

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Police say their preliminary investigation found that the bus was parked on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes of Pulaski Highway, without its red flashing signals activated, when a blue Hyundai left its lane and hit the parked school bus from behind.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash.

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