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Monday
Oct032011

Crying Baby Empties Bus…In Protest of the Driver

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(HILLSBORO, Ore.) -- A Hillsboro, Ore., bus driver who reportedly kicked a mother and her infant off the bus after the baby wouldn’t stop screaming has been placed on administrative leave.

Passengers on the bus had stormed off after the mother and child when the driver ordered the pair off, leaving him alone.

TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch told ABC News that her office has received six complaints from people who were on the bus during the incident.

“This is something we take very seriously,” Fetsch said.

One passenger, Jennifer Chapman, herself a young mother, told the Oregonian she was outraged.

“I don’t care if the baby was screaming her head off, which she wasn’t, you don’t drop a woman off in the dark with her baby,” Chapman said.

While some people left in support of the mother, others may have been tired of the bus not moving.

“Several of the riders would call out to move along, that it wasn’t bothering anyone else, and more than a few delved into obscene name-calling toward the driver. The driver then compounded the whole thing by spitting heatedly that anyone who didn’t like it could get off the bus as well,” wrote one rider in a submission to Rantings of a Transit Bus Driver, an Oregon blog run by a bus driver named Al Margulies.

Margulies said these kinds of incidents happen, but drivers are trained on how to handle them.

“If she got to a point where she was unable to drive the bus, she should have pulled over and called for a supervisor,” Margulies told ABC News. “That would have been the right thing.”

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Monday
Mar142011

Driver of Horrific Bus Crash Previously Arrested and Convicted of Manslaughter

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The driver of the casino gambling tour bus that crashed on a New York highway Saturday, killing 15 people, had a history of driving without a license and other vehicular offenses and served nearly seven years for manslaughter and grand larceny.

Ophadell Williams, also known as Eric Williams, told police a tractor trailer rear-ended the bus, triggering the crash, but according to multiple sources, State Police investigators have repeatedly gone over the truck without finding anything linking it to the crash.

With lack of evidence casting further doubt on the driver's version of events, National Transportation Safety Board officials said they will again interview him.

Williams has a string of arrests and convictions that included charges in 2003 of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license and unlawful possession of radio devices and police scanners.

According to New York State Department of Corrections records, Williams was convicted of manslaughter in April 1992. He served three years in jail, including 361 days before being convicted.

In 1998 he was convicted of grand larceny in Manhattan and served four years in state prison, from April 21, 1998 to May 15, 2002. He had also served 106 days of city jail time on that charge.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state inspector general will begin an investigation of how a man with Williams' criminal record and driving history could have gotten a commercial driver's license.

Investigators into the crash will speak with witnesses at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, the bus's departure point, to piece together Williams' actions the night before the accident.

Officials want to know what he ate and drank, and whether he had slept before climbing behind the wheel to drive 32 passengers to New York City.

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