AUDIT: "Accumulation of errors" helped lead to fatal bus crash

Mar 12, 2018

An independent audit of the city schools' transportation department is now complete. The audit claims a lack of leadership and oversight led to an accumulation of errors resulting in a 2016 school bus crash that killed six people in West Baltimore.  

The audit found the school bus driver should not have been behind the wheel due to a history of seizures and accidents.  Auditors say changes to prevent it from happening again have not occurred.  However, school officials say they have addressed the shortcomings cited in the audit.  An independent consulting firm was hired by to review the city school system's student transportation office after the deadly crash. Bus driver Glenn Chappell rear-ended a car and hit a Maryland Transit Administration bus. No children were on the school bus, but Chappell and five people on the MTA bus were killed.

The consultants also found the district failed to adequately monitor the records of problem drivers like Chappell, who had a history of seizures and other medical issues. And the audit says the district's use of technology was "deficient."