Police have said they were exploring whether the driver, 67-year-old
Chappell, the MTA driver and four passengers on the MTA bus died in the crash. Eleven people were injured.
"I'm not at liberty to discuss any of his potential medical history, but that certainly will be part of our investigation," police spokesman
Chappell's driving and medical history have been under scrutiny. While school district officials say he recently passed a physical, Chappell failed to submit documentation to the
In 2014 in
Police said Chappell was "believed to have suffered a medical condition" and could not explain to officers what happened.
The severity of this week's crash in Irvington has brought federal investigators to
Police have said they found no indication Chappell applied the school bus brakes before the collision, and they have no reason to suspect that Chappell intentionally rammed the MTA bus. The school bus, police said, was speeding.
Investigators said they intend to ask a school bus aide -- who was the only other person on the school bus -- what happened just before the crash. Police said they are trying to schedule a time to talk with the aide's lawyer.
The school bus, owned by
"We have completed the mechanical inspections of both buses involved in the crash, and no mechanical defects or deficiencies were noted," said
Police also identified Friday the sixth person killed in the crash as
In addition, police announced that an 11th person -- a 28-year-old woman -- was injured in the crash, and that she remains hospitalized. Police are not naming victims who survived.
Smith said that in the "chaos" of the accident scene, police weren't aware that she had been transported to the hospital.
Baltimore City Councilwoman
"It's the only thing to restore confidence for a lot of families," she said.
Clarke questioned whether Chappell should have been driving. "I don't know how he got through the screening," she said.
Morrison said it was the first crash involving a transit bus that the
Federal investigators and
Investigators also are recovering data from control modules in the engine and air bags. Such modules can capture several seconds' worth of data, such as engine revolutions, speed, how much throttle was applied, whether brakes were engaged, any change in velocity, and if a seat belt was fastened.
A preliminary report from the
Smith, the police spokesman, said authorities have received conflicting information regarding Chappell's health certification and whether he was legally permitted to drive a school bus.
Chappell has had other legal problems stemming from his driving in the past.
Chappell was sued in
He lost a civil case over hitting a parked car in
He pleaded guilty in 2014 to failing to show a registration card on demand and in 2015 to driving a vehicle with a suspended registration.
Chappell's son Moses described his father as a cautious, experienced driver. He said his father drove a city taxi, a tractor-trailer and school bus over decades. The longtime driver earned bonuses at work for his safe record,
Before the crash, at about
Witnesses described mangled buses, trapped passengers and cries for help. One MTA passenger said she woke to find glass in her mouth and two bodies lying on her.
Those killed include the MTA bus driver,
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