Company that Employed Driver in 10 Freeway Crash Previous Cited for Improper Paperwork

Charter Bus 210 Crash

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First Transit, the employer of the bus driver involved in the 10 Freeway accident, was previously cited in Texas for “not carrying required medical paperwork.” Seven people were injured in the accident on Tuesday night.

Driver Myrna Castillo works for First Transit Inc., an Ohio company that contracts with Foothill Transit to operate the agency’s fleet of 314 buses, a spokeswoman said.

In February, an investigator cited a First Transit driver in Texas for not carrying required medical paperwork on the bus, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records. The violation is considered serious because a physical inspection is required for a commercial driver’s license.

Just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, Castillo was driving west on the 10 Freeway when she either fell asleep or had a medical emergency, officials said. The Foothill Transit Silver Streak bus crashed into the freeway’s noise barrier, ricocheted across all lanes of traffic and hit the center barrier before stopping in the carpool lane.

“The driver did lose consciousness,” Foothill Transit spokeswoman Felicia Friesema said. “Whether that was because she fell asleep or because there was a health implication, we’re not really sure.”

Castillo has been placed on paid leave. She has been driving Foothill Transit routes for various companies since 2001, according to Maurice Harris, a spokesman for First Transit, and has been with the company for about a year.

Harris declined to comment on the medical emergency officials said may have caused the crash, saying First Transit would “wait for the results before reaching any conclusions.” Source: Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep 2013.

It is not apparent if the driver was properly veted by First Transport before being contracted to drive the bus.