Authorization had lapsed for school bus driver in fatal Baltimore bus crash

WASHINGTON — Maryland Department of Transportation says the driver of a Baltimore school bus involved in a deadly crash with a commuter bus wasn’t authorized to drive a commercial vehicle.

Spokesman Chuck Brown says in a statement that 67-year-old Glenn Chappell’s medical certification expired Aug. 31. Brown says the agency did not receive an updated one, as required by federal law.

Brown says the agency sent Chappell two letters, most recently on Sept. 8, saying he was no longer authorized to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

Chappell died Tuesday, along with the Maryland Transit Administration bus driver and four mass transit passengers, when the school bus crossed the center line and smashed into the commuter bus after hitting a car and a roadside pillar.

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