The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report regarding Glen Chappell, the driver of the Baltimore school bus involved in the November 1 crash that claimed six lives and injured eleven others. Previous reports on Chappell’s crashes and problematic issues referenced that he suffered from seizure-like episodes.
According to media sources, Chappell suffered from a seizure just a week before the fatal bus crash.
The report discovered that Chappell had a medical certificate that allowed him to operate school buses, but he did not file this paperwork with the Maryland Vehicle Administration. As a result, Chappell was operating the bus illegally when he slammed into the Maryland transit bus in November, media sources report.
Investigators were told by his wife after a previous accident two years ago that he was on medication for seizures. Media outlets report that Chappell had been employed by AAAfordable LLC of Baltimore since 2014. This company was contracted by Baltimore City Public Schools.
The NTSB found that Chappell was traveling well over the posted speed limit at the time of the wreck, traveling at 57 mph in a 30-mph zone. Chappell collided with a Ford Mustang before crashing into an oncoming Maryland Transit Administration bus. Chappell, the driver of the transit bus, and four passengers on the bus were killed in the wreck. In addition, eleven people on the bus were injured. No children were on the school bus at the time of the accident.
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