NTSB urges audit of Baltimore school busing
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.