[RailTransportation] DISASTERS: BUS COLLISION : UNITED STATES: CITIES: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: School Bus, Passenger Bus Crash in Baltimore; 6 Dead

 

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DISASTERS: BUS COLLISION :

UNITED STATES: CITIES: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND:

School Bus, Passenger Bus Crash in Baltimore; 6 Dead

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School Bus, Passenger Bus Crash in Baltimore; 6 Dead

by ELIZABETH CHUCK

NBC News

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/
school-bus-passenger-bus-crash-baltimore-3-reportedly-dead-n676151

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A school bus collided with a transit bus and another vehicle in Baltimore Tuesday morning, killing six people, police said. No children were on the school bus at the time.

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The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. ET, when the school bus hit a Mustang, struck a traffic pillar and then continued into oncoming traffic  where it crashed into the transit bus, Baltimore police said.

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“It basically ripped the entire driver’s side off the vehicle,” police spokesman T.J. Smith said at a press conference. “It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus.”

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The school bus driver was among those killed. The other five fatalities were on the Maryland Transit Administration bus, Smith said.

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Ten other people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical, Smith added, including an aide who had been on the school bus, and the Mustang driver.

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Police don’t know what caused the bus to lose control.

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“Something catastrophic took place, and it’s something that we’re continuing to investigate,” Smith said.

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State had revoked commercial driving privileges of Baltimore school bus driver in fatal crash

Scott Dance, Liz Bowie, Ian Duncan and Tim Prudente

The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/ bs-md-chappell-license-20161103-story.html

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The driver of a school bus that careened into an oncoming bus Tuesday causing a deadly crash in Southwest Baltimore was not legally permitted to be driving a school bus, state officials said Thursday.

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The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration had revoked Glenn Chappell’s commercial driving privileges two months ago because he failed to provide the agency with a certificate showing he was in good health.

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The revelation raised questions about how well the Baltimore school system monitors the standing of drivers in its fleet of contract buses. City schools officials did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

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An attorney for the bus company, AAAfordable Transportation Inc., said Chappell passed a physical exam five months ago.

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“Whether or not he failed to produce a copy to the MVA, or he produced a copy and they didn’t appropriately note it on his record, or they misplaced it, I have no idea,” said George Bogris, the attorney.

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Chappell, 67, was killed when his school bus smashed into a Maryland Transit Administration bus. The MTA driver and four adult passengers on that bus also were killed. City and federal investigators continue to search for answers. Baltimore police said they’re trying to determine whether Chappell suffered some medical emergency before the violent collision.

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His family has been left to grieve and wonder what caused his school bus to veer off course.

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Witnesses described mangled buses, trapped passengers and cries for help. Nine MTA passengers and the bus aide were injured. One woman woke to find glass in her mouth and two bodies lying on her.

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AAAfordable has been contracted by the city school system since 2010, school officials said. And the contracted bus drivers must meet health standards. Glenn Chappell passed an annual physical in June, school officials said.

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But his commercial driving privileges were revoked by state authorities Sept. 1, according to the MVA. State officials had warned Chappell twice, in July and again in September, that he would lose his driving privileges if he didn’t provide a new medical certificate by the end of August.

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MVA officials said his prior medical certification expired Sept. 1 and he was not legally permitted to drive a school bus.

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Local school systems are responsible for monitoring the driving records of their bus drivers, even those working for contractors, said Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the state Board of Education. They are required to enter the names of banned drivers within 30 days into a database of disqualified school bus drivers maintained by the Maryland State Department of Education. The database allows schools to vet job candidates.

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The database is confidential and the department can’t say whether Chappell’s name was entered, said Bill Reinhard, a state education spokesman.

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State regulations allow for drivers’ medical examinations to be reviewed by the public. But school officials did not comply with a request Thursday for Chappell’s medical certificate.

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Federal law requires employers to hold medical certificates for all their drivers with commercial licenses. The drivers must be examined by a doctor listed in a national registry to obtain a certification that lasts up to two years, said MVA spokesman Chuck Brown. The registry lists several hundred such doctors in the Baltimore area.

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[RailTransportation] DISASTERS: BUS COLLISION : UNITED STATES: CITIES: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: School Bus, Passenger Bus Crash in Baltimore; 6 Dead

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