Investigators Find Alarming History Of Chattanooga School Bus Driver
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
As investigators dig into what caused the tragic school
bus crash in Chattanooga last week, many concerns were raised about the driver prior
to the fatal accident. According to authorities, many concerns from students,
parents, and administrators were raised about the 24-year-old Tennessee
school bus driver. Chattanooga police have charged the school bus driver
with multiple counts of vehicular homicide.
Federal authorities are still trying to understand why the driver was traveling
off the designated bus route when he lost control on a curvy road and
plowed into a tree. The bus was carrying 37 children on their way home
from Woodmore Elementary School. Six children were killed and several
other injured including two who are still in critical condition.
The school district released to the police two written statements from
children complaining about the driver’s behavior. Complaints included
accusation of speeding and reckless driving. One student complained that
the driver purposely slams on the breaks when someone is standing in the
aisle to make the children hit their heads. Another student wrote that
the bus feels like it is going to flip over and they need seatbelts.
An altercation occurred on November 2 when a school official boarded the
bus and documented the driver complaining about the students and saying
he did not care about the children. The school district's transportation
supervisor responded to the altercation that the company is cooperating
fully with authorities. The accident is still being investigated by the
NTSB. The agency said they are looking into the second job of the driver
to see whether fatigue was a factor in the crash.
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