- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Knox County Schools bus contractor whose driver’s texting, investigators say, caused a fatal bus crash last year, failed to keep proper administrative records on his drivers, including on alcohol and drug testing.

Bus contractor Robert Burroughs did not keep track of drug and alcohol tests and did not request drug and alcohol records from previous employers, among other violations, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Thursday (https://bit.ly/1Cyny04). The newspaper used a public records request to obtain documents from the six-month investigation by local, state and federal agencies into the December crash.

On Dec. 2, investigators say driver James Davenport, 48, was reading a text message just before the bus crashed through a highway median and hit oncoming traffic, killing two young students and a teacher’s aide.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Randall Martin, who conducted the review, said Burroughs faces no fines or penalties for the violations.

“There was a lot of miscommunication between the Knox County (Schools) Transportation (Department) and the contractor and the (regulations),” Martin said. “The drivers work for the contractors, and the contractors work for the county. Ultimately, the contractor is responsible for all the documents involving the drivers.”

Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre said Burroughs’ contract is “actively under review.”

Burroughs said Thursday that he had no comment.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com



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