NTSB: Driver in fa­tal bus crash was speed­ing

His­tory of prior wrecks, seizure

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY JULIET LINDERMAN

BAL­TI­MORE | The driver of a Bal­ti­more school bus that ca­reened into a tran­sit bus, killing six peo­ple in­clud­ing him­self, was speed­ing, had a his­tory of pre­vi­ous crashes and had a seizure the week be­fore, na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Wed­nes­day.

Glenn Chap­pell was driv­ing about 57 mph in a 30 mph zone — nearly twice the speed limit — when he struck a Ford Mus­tang from be­hind be­fore col­lid­ing with an on­com­ing Maryland Tran­sit Ad­min­is­tra­tion bus last month, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board’s ini­tial re­port.

Chap­pell was driv­ing the school bus for AA Aford­able LLC of Bal­ti­more, which held a con­tract with Bal­ti­more City Pub­lic Schools. No chil­dren were on board at the time of the crash.

The tran­sit bus driver and four pas­sen­gers also were killed. Eleven peo­ple sus­tained in­juries.

In­ci­dent re­ports ref­er­enc­ing Chap­pell’s pre­vi­ous crashes and other prob­lem­atic is­sues said Chap­pell had “seizure-like episodes,” and an ac­tual seizure just a week be­fore the Nov. 1 crash.

In ad­di­tion, while Chap­pell had a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate al­low­ing him to drive the school bus, he had not filed it with the Maryland Ve­hi­cle Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which made it il­le­gal for him to be driv­ing the bus, the re­port said.

Chap­pell’s widow told in­ves­ti­ga­tors af­ter an ear­lier crash that he had been tak­ing med­i­ca­tion for seizures when he got into an ac­ci­dent two years ago.

Chap­pell had been driv­ing buses since 2008. He be­gan work­ing for AA Aford­able in 2014, but took a break be­tween April and Au­gust of this year, dur­ing which time he drove for other bus com­pa­nies.

Shawn Brax­ton, who was be­hind the wheel of the Ford Mus­tang, was shocked to learn that Chap­pell had both a his­tory of car crashes and a known med­i­cal con­di­tion.

“That’s just crazy,” Mr. Brax­ton said in an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day.

“I’m up­set about it, and sad­dened be­cause he felt the need to con­tinue to drive the bus even though he had a med­i­cal con­di­tion, and I’m sad­dened that the bus com­pany kept him hired be­cause he had a med­i­cal con­di­tion and they should have been mon­i­tor­ing him,” he said. “Some pre­cau­tions could have been done to pre­vent ev­ery­thing from hap­pen­ing.”

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