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Fatal Crash: Mom of child set to be picked up first speaks out

A mother in South Baltimore is speaking out on that fatal bus crash that happened last Tuesday morning that left six people dead. (WBFF)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A mother in South Baltimore is speaking out on that fatal bus crash that happened last Tuesday morning that left six people dead.

Sheimika Gale says her 5-year-old son Britain Gale was always the first child to be picked up by Glenn Chappel, the driver of that school bus that collided with the MTA bus November 1.

“My son was supposed to be on that bus,” said the mother, “but by the grace of God the bus was late,” said Gale.

The bus would travel to Dallas Nicholas Elementary in East Baltimore, a school with an exceptional program for students with special needs. But that day Chappel never made it to Gale’s home after suffering what some suspect may have been a medical emergency because of an ongoing health issue.

“I would never take away the good character that Mr. Chappel had. So, I’m not upset with him,” said Gale. “To be honest, I’m more upset with the company because it’s more like, it’s their job to know these regulations and to stick by them because these are our kids that we’re entrusting to them,” said Gale.

According to Gale, the City School System has assigned another bus to pick up her son. “I’m trying to find out now if it’s operated by the same company as before,” said Gale. But there’s no word on that yet.

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