Federal investigators ruled out mechanical defects as the cause of the Baltimore bus crash last week. Last week, six people were killed when a school bus plowed into an MTA bus in Southwest Baltimore. Federal investigators are now looking into the possibility of a medical emergency as the cause of the crash. Officials released last week that it was discovered the school bus driver had been on medication for seizures.
Authorities are now exploring whether the 67-year-old suffered a medical emergency when he was driving the morning of the crash. The school bus driver rear-ended a Ford Mustang on Frederick Avenue and then crashed into a Maryland Transit Administration bus. Officials say the school bus did not brake before impact and there was no sign of mechanical defect. The school bus driver died along with the MTA driver and four passengers on the MTA bus. Officials say eleven others were injured in the crash.
Officials are now examining the school bus driver’s medical history. Investigators have also found that the school bus driver passed a recent physical but failed to disclose a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration document showing he lost his commercial driving privileges. The National Transportation Safety Board has teamed up with police to investigate. A crucial key to understanding what happened is to speak to the aide who was on the bus and survived the crash. Police have yet to speak with her or her attorney.
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