NTSB urges au­dit of Bal­ti­more school bus­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board is ur­gently rec­om­mend­ing an in­de­pen­dent au­dit of the Bal­ti­more schools’ trans­porta­tion depart­ment, say­ing stu­dents re­main at risk after a crash that killed six peo­ple.

The agency made rec­om­men­da­tions Tues­day to state and city school of­fi­cials as a re­sult of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a Novem­ber col­li­sion in which the school bus driver and five peo­ple on the tran­sit bus he hit were killed. No stu­dents were on board the school bus.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the school bus driver, Glenn Chap­pell, had been in at least 12 crashes in the past five years. He also had a doc­u­mented his­tory of health is­sues, in­clud­ing hy­per­ten­sion, di­a­betes and seizures.

The school sys­tem does not ad­e­quately main­tain crash re­ports, crim­i­nal background re­ports or crash costs doc­u­men­ta­tion, and uses a drug test­ing pro­gram that is not in com­pli­ance with fed­eral stan­dards, in­ves­ti­ga­tors wrote.

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