GRTC and police investigate fatal accident

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - GRTC is closely monitoring the investigation by Richmond police as well as conducting an internal probe of the tragedy. The driver, who has not been identified, is on paid administrative leave until GRTC's internal investigation is complete.

GRTC officials say the driver has been through the training required for all bus operators and will be retrained before she returns to the road.

GRTC is working closely with Richmond police. Each bus is equipped with five surveillance cameras. Right now video from the bus involved in Wednesday's fatal accident is under close review.

"We have multiple camera angles both internally and externally, and our safety and operations people along with Richmond police are reviewing the evidence we have and are trying to recreate the incident and put those pieces together," GRTC CEO John Lewis.

Lewis says the driver involved has never been involved in a major accident in the three years she's worked for the company. Lewis says safety is the top priority for GRTC and the company has a robust training program in place to support that goal.

There are 295 bus operators working for GRTC. Each must complete weeks of training that involves classroom instruction, simulators and observation of trained operators before taking the wheel. Every two years, the bus drivers get a refresher course. And after any kind of wreck, they must complete a one day retraining session.

"I cannot express enough how sorry we are as a company, as a GRTC family, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the individual involved in this very unfortunate accident," Lewis said.

The driver also had to undergo drug and alcohol testing, which is standard procedure following any wreck.

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