|For Immediate Release:|
On Sunday, April 22, 2018 at approximately 11:30 A.M., a First Priority Trailways motorcoach was returning with a group from Northwestern High School in Prince George County when the driver declared an emergency, stopping the vehicle and safely evacuating all passengers due to smoke. No students, teachers or chaperones were injured in the incident.
The motorcoach was part of a three vehicle move transporting students to and from New York City. The students, members of Northwestern’s Visual and Performing Arts program, were headed back to Hyattsville after a weekend of master classes with performers and musicians with the Broadway musical “Wicked.”
The other motorcoaches transported the students to the nearby Delaware House Rest Area, where they were soon met by another motorcoach from First Priority Trailways. The trip was completed without further incident.
“We are so grateful there were no injuries, and everyone returned home safe,” said Marcia Milton, president &CEO. “These types of events are rare, and we are so proud of our professional driver that called on his training and experience to assure everyone remained safe.”
The subsequent thermal event resulted in extensive damage to the motorcoach. The probable contributing factor or factors remain unknown at this time. First Priority is cooperating with investigators.
About – Founded in 1999, First Priority Trailways provides charter and tour services to churches, schools, senior citizen groups, day care centers, civic and community organizations, fraternities and sororities, hospitals, colleges, government agencies, corporations, college and professional sports teams and tour groups. The Founders, Ms. Marcia Milton, and the company have been recognized as an industry leader. Ms. Milton currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Motorcoach Association, National Association of Motorcoach Operators, and the Maryland Motorcoach Association.
Awards and Recognition
Annually Trailways honors a Driver of the year, this year our very own Mr. William Backus received "Driver of the Year"! Congratulations and well done.
Trailways Transportation System’s (Trailways) Board of Directors has elected Marcia Milton, founder, President and CEO of First Priority Trailways, which is based in District Heights, Maryland. Milton is the mid-term (2012-2015) replacement who will represent the organization’s Northeast Region.
Vision Award-United Motorcoach Association presented to First Priority Tours for being a solution for social issues
First Priority Tours became Trailways Certified for Membership
American Bus Association presented to Marcia Milton in appreciation of her leadership and inspiration as Chairman of the ABA Diversity Committee 2003-2005
Prince George's County Women Business Owners presented First Priority Trailways the Higher Height Award
COMTO Meteropolitan DC Chapter presented Marcia Milton the Woman of Power Influencing the Quality of Life in our Region Award
Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce presented Marcia Milton the Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Marcia Milton, CEO was presented the 2007 Bus Ride Motorcoach Industry Award for Achievement, Excellence, Commitment and Accomplishment
First Priority Trailways was presented the Illuminating New Horizon Award by Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) with the cooperative promotion Award Intergrated Campaign or Continuing Program
First Priority Trailways received a top rating of "1" from the Department of Defense indicating we are doing an outstanding job maintaining compliance with both the Military Bus Agreement and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation