National Transportation Safety Board

Bus company could be open to liability in fatal crash, legal observers say

Baltimore's school system and a contracted bus company could be open to legal liability if they were aware of the driving and medical history of the driver involved in last month's deadly crash in Southwest Baltimore, legal observers said Wednesday.

Preliminary findings of a National Transportation Safety Board incident report show the driver previously had "seizure-like episodes" and was involved in at least 12 crashes in the past five years.

"The driver never should have been in any position where he was driving a school bus," said Kevin Goldberg, a Silver Spring-based attorney who handles accident cases.

Chappell's medical history and previous...

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