Bus driver who crashed into parked rig could face criminal charges

The bus driver was not found to be impaired at the time of the incident and had received adequate rest from the prior day’s shift

By Rachel Engel

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The driver of a Milwaukee County Transportation System bus who crashed into a parked Bell Ambulance rig with a patient and two providers inside could face criminal charges for the incident, WISN 12 reported.

The driver, who has not been identified by MCTS, does not remember the moments leading up to the impact; a statement from the organization stated the driver was not impaired at the time of the incident.

Donnell Shorter, union president for MCTS drivers, added that the driver had worked a normal shift the day before and received nine hours of a rest period, as stated in the company contract.

“It’s scary. It’s scary stuff,” Scott Mickelson, Bell Ambulance director of client services. “You can see the ambulance being destroyed in front of your eyes.”

The two providers who were injured in the December crash continue to recover, with one back at work and the other convalescing at home.

According to WISN, police expect citations or criminal charges for the bus driver.

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