Six people were killed and 10 more injured Tuesday morning when a school bus hit a car, then veered into oncoming traffic and ripped through the side of a Maryland Transit Administration bus in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

The school bus driver and five people on the MTA bus died in the crash in the 3800 block of Frederick Avenue in Irvington, officials said. No students were on the school bus during the crash.

The yellow school bus — headed east on Frederick before 7 a.m. — rear-ended a gray Ford Mustang at Monastery Avenue, struck a cement pillar at the entrance to Loudon Park Cemetery, then continued another block down the road before smashing through the driver’s side front of the MTA bus, police said. The two buses remained jack-knifed into each other hours later. A bystander said the force of the collision “shook the ground.”

“It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus, and it’s catastrophic damage,” police spokesman T.J. Smith said.

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