Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Smells Like Massachusetts...

People think I'm crazy for riding a motorcycle on the DC Beltway. I will remind them of stories like this one as to where I came from...

I-Team Source: Witnesses Saw MBTA Bus Driver On Phone Before Mass Pike Overpass Crash
The MBTA driver that crashed into a guardrail over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton, has been charged with obstruction of justice.

The driver, identified as Shanna Shaw, is expected to be arraigned in Newton District Court on May 27. MBTA Transit Police have also cited Shaw for driving to endanger, speeding and impeded operation.
She was on the phone and rummaging through her purse while she was supposed to be driving a municipal bus. Given that we've recently seen an MBTA driver fired for texting his girlfriend when he was supposed to be driving the train, you'd think that city employees would be a bit more careful.

But then again, being a union thug means never having to learn from past mistakes...

This one, though, is a big one. Eight people were injured. A bus was left dangling over I-90 (the Mass Pike). You want to hear the best part?
The case remains sealed and there have been no citations issued yet in the investigation.
Right. Because if I had a single-car crash that left the Dodge Earthf**ker dangling over a major highway, the cops wouldn't charge me with anything, right? It's pretty amazing just how brazen this is - OBVIOUSLY the driver did something wrong. Buses don't just jump curbs on overpasses because they feel like it.

And yet this person is going to get away with gross negligence, because union - that's the Massachusetts way!

That is all.

7 comments:

Ted said...

This one is getting lots of media attentiion because. Newton and Mass Pike. So even though minority driver she will wind up "under the Bus".

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

But you DON'T ride on the beltway. You ride on rt 66. And not even the worst part of 66.

Old NFO said...

They'll blame it on the mystery bike that cut her off and 'forced' her to jump the shark..er curb...

newrebeluniv said...

Normally police at the scene make a fast determination and cite SOMEONE with SOMETHING and never look back or do a complete investigation.

She left the roadway. Does it really matter why?

Anonymous said...

2 pieces of advice: 1) watch out for construction zones! 2) ALWAYS check your mirrors - especially on stale green lights - most of the kamikaze pilots I mean 'drivers' WILL speed up - so watch out for 'em.
I (mostly) 'survived' 7-1/2 years riding there (not counting one 'minor' crash - don't ask for details ;-(

NotClauswitz said...

~*Shudder*~ I remember the Beltway... But I rode The Nimitz - 880 in the East Bay so that was nuts too. :-)
Congratulations on your escape.

TOTWTYTR said...

Au contraire. The "T" fires people all the time for stuff like this. The Carmen's Union was curbed about 20 years ago when their buddies in the legislature passed a bill giving management lots more power in matters such as this.

The T cops pull no punches either. I had a bus cut me off one day while I was on a response. I called the T police on the phone, gave them the location and bus number. The driver got a citation for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and a bonus three day suspension.

I have no doubt she'll be fired and convicted. Good bye pension.