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Officials Focusing on Speed While Investigating a Two Bus Crash

Tour bus with added motion blur

According to Fox News US, officials are looking at speed as a factor as they try and discern the circumstances surrounding a collision between a commuter bus and a school bus that occurred in southwest Baltimore. In the collision, four mass-transit riders and the drivers of both buses were killed.

Details of Baltimore Bus Crash

The fatal collision occurred when a school bus crashed into a Maryland Transit Administration bus after crossing the center line on Tuesday morning. The school bus had also hit a car and roadside pillar prior to the collision with the other bus. Investigators are still unsure of how fast the school bus was going.

While investigating the scene, officials conducted a three-dimensional scan of the school bus. No children were found.

The only survivor of the collision was aboard the school bus. He only sustained minor injuries.

Any autopsy results may be slow coming, and it could take weeks before they are available. The autopsy results of the school bus driver, 67-year-old Glen R Chappell, will reveal if the driver suffered any medical issues.

School Bus Driver Involved in Previous Accidents

Officials have found that Chappell had three traffic related cases in the last eight years. In 2008 he lost a civil case after hitting a parked car in 2008. In 2014 he did not show a registration card during a traffic stop. In November of 2015 he was convicted when he was found driving a vehicle with a suspended registration.

Though these cases were vehicle related, none of them included a school bus.

Bus contractor AA Affordable Transportation did not respond to any attempted outrach regarding their employee’s legal issues. Edie House, the spokeswoman for Baltimore City Public Schools, also did not comment on the collision.

Besides the four deceased, ten people were also injured during the collision.

Bus Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following are statistics for school-transportation related crashes:

  • Since 2003, 1,222 out of 348, 253 fatal motor vehicle crashes were involved with school transport vehicles.
  • Since 2003, 1,353 people have been killed in crashed involving school transport vehicles.
    • Or around 135 fatalities a year.
  • Of the above fatalities, 8% were occupants of school transport vehicles and 21% were nonoccupants.
  • Since 2003, 119 school-aged children were killed as pedestrians in crashes involving school transport vehicles.

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