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Port Authority bus driver pulled off road duty as crash probe continues

October 3, 2018

A Port Authority bus was heavily damaged after a head-on collision with an SUV Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

A Port Authority of Allegheny County bus driver who was driving the bus when it crashed head on with an SUV in Homewood Sept. 24 is not driving for the authority, a spokesman said.

Six people, including the driver, were injured in the crash, which occurred at the corner of Bennett Street and North Dallas Avenue just after 1 a.m. on Sept. 24. The bus driver was sent to the hospital in critical condition, Tribune-Review news partner WPXI reported at the time.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the bus or the driver of the SUV, but the investigation is ongoing, said Jim Ritchie, an authority spokesman.

The bus driver was tested for drugs and alcohol, as is standard practice, Ritchie said.

Ritchie declined to disclose the results of the test, whether the driver is on paid or unpaid leave, whether the driver is still in the hospital, and whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

“We’ll not comment about the status of the bus operator during the investigation other than to say the employee is not driving,” Ritchie wrote in an email.

Steve Palonis, president of ATU Local 85, the labor union that represents bus drivers, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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