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Bus Driver Cited in Distracted Driving Crash

Demetria Ratchford3 years ago

An MTBA bus smashed through a guardrail on Sunday, leaving the driver and seven passengers injured.

About the Massachusetts Bus Crash

According to the Boston Globe, the Route 57 bus was traveling along the Washington Street overpass in Newton, Massachusetts when the crash occurred. The bus was left dangling off of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The driver, 43–year-old Shanna S. Shaw, has been cited by the MBTA Transit Police for speeding, operating to endanger, and impeded operation, all a result of Shaw using a cellphone on the job. She has also been charged with obstruction of justice in Newton District Court, after allegedly misleading investigators after the crash.

So far, one witness has come forward and revealed that Shaw was using a cellphone during the crash. Shaw has previously been involved in other crashes and cited for speeding, two seat-belt violations, failure to stop, and improper passing.

The punishment for using a cellphone while on the job is a 30-day suspension and a recommendation for termination. There have been 29 bus drivers disciplined for breaking the T’s policy, and 14 fired. Shaw is currently awaiting arraignment

Bus Crash Statistics

Following information provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • In 2011, 283 people were killed in bus crashes in the United States
  • An additional 24,000 people sustained injuries due to bus crashes.
  • It is estimated that commercial vehicle accidents cost the U.S. a total of $87 billion in 2011 alone.

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