Posted on Jun 22, 2013
Last month, an airport shuttle bus was involved in a Georgia crash with a tractor-trailer truck on North Loop Road near the Southwestern Airline Maintenance hanger. According to authorities, the shuttle serviced the Fairfield Inn, Hilton Garden, and Hampton hotels.
This Fulton County shuttle bus accident left many people hurt and bleeding. In fact, 16 people were injured in this crash and were transported to area hospitals for medical care. According to a witness, there were people “piled on the floor and top of the passengers were suitcases.”
When emergency crews arrived on scene, they had to extricate the bus driver. College Park Police Sgt. Keith Stanley said the bus driver “had multiple breaks to her legs and arms.” Officials indicated that 15 out of the 16 injured people were treated and discharged from the hospital on the same day.
After an investigation into this crash, it was learned that the hotels contracted with MTI Limo and Shuttle Services for airport transportation. Now, Mike Toye, the owner of the bus service company, faces charges.
Police say that Toye allowed an unlicensed driver to operate a shuttle bus and that he did not maintain a safe vehicle. Investigations revealed that the rear brakes did not work, there was low brake fluid, and the front tires were worn. In addition to Toye facing charges, both the bus driver and the truck driver involved in this wreck face charges.
Shuttle driver Yolanda Boles has been charged with driving a commercial vehicle without a proper license, vehicle maintenance offenses, and serious injury by motor vehicle. Mario Cochran, the driver of the truck, has been charged with making an improper U-turn and serious injury by motor vehicle.
The Law Office of Shane Smith would like to wish those injured in this wreck a complete and speedy recovery.