State suspends operations of shuttle company after crash

State suspends shuttle company involved in wreck

The shuttle bus company whose bus was involved in a crash that injured 17 people was ordered to suspend operations until it can meet various safety standards.

The state Department of Public Safety ordered the company to pull its vehicles off the road following an investigation in the May 24 crash, Channel 2 Action News reported. MTI Limo and Shuttle Service pulled its vehicles off the road Thursday.

The decision means the company cannot transport passengers until it can prove to state investigators that its vehicles are safe and that drivers are medically qualified and have the appropriate licenses. The ruling applies to all of the companies shuttle buses and limousines, according to Channel 2.

Investigators cited dozens of safety violations in the MTI fleet, including bad brakes, bald tires, problems with emergency exits and lighting and drivers license violations, the DPS said.

“We are looking at this as an opportunity to address anything that the state and federal regulators require us to address,” MTI spokeswoman Kimberly Krauter told Channel 2. “We do believe we are going to pass this fully.”

Police have said the driver of the bus involved in the wreck wasn’t licensed to drive a commercial vehicle.

Yolanda Latise Boles and the 16 passengers were injured when the shuttle bus collided with a tractor-trailer making a legal U-turn on Loop Road near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, police said. The tractor trailer driver was not injured.

Both drivers were charged in the wreck.

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