Quincy's bus boss talks city's latest bus crash

Central Services is now the temporary home of Bus 1003. It was involved in a crash Tuesday evening near the intersection of 8th and Vermont streets.

The bus was southbound on 8th Street where it ran a red light at the four-way intersection. It crashed into an eastbound car. That car, driven by Nathan Shull of Quincy, was struck on the driver's side (Shull is an employee of KHQA).

The crash of a government vehicle triggers a process that the city's required to follow in these cases.

"Risk management department reports to the scene," Central Services director Marty Stegeman said. "The driver of the vehicle is taken for testing, drug testing, alcohol testing."

City officials wait for the results of that report to confirm there are no substances in the driver's system.

"If they are clean, they are allowed to return as soon as we get the report back," Stegeman said. "Typically it's more than an hour when we get the clean report from the hospital."

The driver in Tuesday's crash, James Albert, passed his toxicology tests.

A Quincy police officer who was at the scene of the crash caught the entire incident on camera. Plus, the buses are outfitted with cameras of their own.

Based upon what the officer saw, he determined the bus driver was at fault, according to a crash report from the Quincy Police Department.

Albert was ticketed for failure to obey a red traffic light.

KHQA requested a copy of that dash-cam video from the police. The city referred the request to the city's freedom of information officer. She referred the request back to the police department who has not responded as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday's crash marks at least the third crash of a Quincy bus in the past four years.

The city handed down a two-week suspension to transit driver Kevin Crider after a Sept. 12, 2012 crash that damaged one of the city's newest buses.

Crider sideswiped a concrete median at the County Market Express on S. 8th St.

That same year, the city of Quincy settled a 2010 lawsuit with a man paralyzed from the waist down in a crash involving a Quincy Transit bus.

Nicholas Hanson, 29, of New London, Mo. was injured in the Nov. 10, 2010 crash near the intersection of South 36th Street and South Holford Drive.

The city agreed to pay $4 million for the injuries Hanson suffered in the crash. The February 2010 lawsuit requested from $3.5 million to $5.5 million in damages.

Hanson sued the city, bus driver Becky Dawson, and Taussa Roney, the driver of the vehicle in which Hanson was a passenger.

The lawsuit said that both the bus driver and the driver of the vehicle carrying Hanson were driving too fast for slick road conditions when the collision occurred.

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