Attorney for Bus Company tells FOX45 Driver had physical exam in June
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- The attorney for A.A. Affordable transportation, George Bogris tells FOX45 News that Glen Chappell had his last physical exam sometime around the 20th of June.
Questions have been raised around Chappell, and if he received the required physical needed to be certified by law for a commercial driver’s license. Maryland Motor Vehicle records indicate that they never received any updated medical documents from Chappell. Monday afternoon, MVA Spokesman Chuck Brown released this statement regarding the license monitoring system:
“This system is not designed to replace the legal and moral obligation of the employer and employee to ensure a driver's medical certificate is up to date. This system is designed to be one tool to assist employers monitor an employees’ driving record.”
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s MVA had already indicated Glenn Chappell’s records did not show any updated medical exam. The MVA statement, “Determined that effective 09-01-2016, Mr. Glenn R. Chappell was no longer authorized to drive a commercial motor vehicle because he failed to provide an updated Medical Examiner’s Certificate, which expired on 08-31-2016. The MVA sent him two letters notifying him of the consequences of not providing his Medical Examiner’s Certificate: 07-17-2016 and 09-08-2016. Based on federal regulations, employers are required to maintain a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, which includes the date of expiration, for all of their CDL drivers.”
A.A. Affordable Transportation is continuing to transport Baltimore City School children as the investigation by the NTSB Continues. They run seven bus routes under contract for Baltimore City.
Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises released a statement explaining why, “I have directed staff in our Operations Office to review every aspect of our school bus transportation services and to ensure that our protocols reflect best practices and are followed with fidelity. The safety of our children is always our top priority. Irrespective of the outcome of the investigation, we are committed to ensuring that the bus service we provide meets the highest standards under our own district protocols and as outlined by law. The district will continue to work closely with the investigators in the coming days. We will take all appropriate action to ensure the safety of all children who ride our buses and those who share the road with them.”
Meanwhile, the autopsy report on the driver of the school bus killed in Tuesday’s crash has been sent to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Details of the report were not disclosed by federal investigators on Monday morning. NTSB investigators say they are still reviewing surveillance footage from the neighborhood, looking at video footage taken from the MTA bus and analyzing maintenance and inspection records from all the vehicles involved.
NTSB accident reports can take as long as 18 months to complete.
A police report released late last week indicated that the school bus driver, Glenn Chappell, may have lost consciousness during a crash two years ago.
The police report, dated 2/9/14, states, "contact was made with spouse of driver who advised he does take medication for seizures."
Tuesday's crash happened around 6:30 a.m., after investigators say the school bus crashed nearly head-on into an MTA bus, killing six.