Airport shuttle bus crashes into tractor trailer near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
ATLANTA -- The last of the sixteen people injured when an airport shuttle bus crashed into a truck near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport left the hospital Tuesday night.
The next day, a city council transportation committee decided it wanted to wait on the police report, before voting whether to give the company involved in that crash, a four year contract to shuttle people staying in town to the airport.
College Park police say they plan to release that report on Thursday. It will be the first insight into what investigators believe led up to the accident.
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Police identify the driver of the shuttle as Yolanda Boles and the driver of the semi truck as Mario Cochran.
The accident happened on the North Loop Road near the Southwest Cargo facility. The bus serves the Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn and Hilton hotels just north of the airport.
Ward said the bus was headed to the airport terminal.
According to Georgia State Patrol inspection reports, MTI Limo & Shuttle Services has been inspected 13 times, resulting in 26 violations. They included worn tires and a broken emergency exit latch.
The attorney representing MTI says all of the problems reported were immediately fixed and the shuttles returned to service. The violations were all listed in 2011.
On Friday afternoon, Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport (North) and Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport issued the following statement about the crash:
At the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport (North) and the Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport (North I-85) our most important priority is the safety and well-being of our guests and team members. We express our deepest concern and sympathy for any guests who were injured in the hotel shuttle bus accident this morning. Injured passengers are currently being treated at local area hospitals; no details on conditions are available at this time.
Our hotels contract with MTI Limo and Shuttle Services for airport shuttle transportation. The ownership of the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport (North) and Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport (North I-85) is waiting for the completion of the accident investigation by the College Park Police Department.