BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The outpouring of support continues for the victims who died in a horrific bus crash in south west Baltimore. A special church service was held Sunday for MTA driver Ebonee Baker.
Those who knew Ebonee Baker say she was full of life and loved by many. Investigators say it could take weeks before they know what caused the deadly crash.
Even people who never met the 6 people killed, when the school bus Glenn Chappell was driving careened down Frederick Avenue and slammed into the MTA bus, say they’re affected by the tragedy.
“It’s heartbreaking and sad, very sad,” said Latonia West
At the Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, where Baker was a member, her memory lives on.
Baker never made it to the Ravens game-day party she was planning. So, churchgoers dressed in purple as a tribute.
“We’re going to celebrate her life. The hardworking, loving, full of life person that ebony was,” said Dr. Reginald Thomas, pastor, Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.
Wjz obtained this howard county police report of a crash
Schoolbus driver glen chappell was involved in, where he lost consciousness
And control of his car.
His grandson says Chappell had a history of seizures.
“I definitely feel like he had a medical emergency, um, that, unfortunately, just he lost control, and he wasn’t able to function properly,” said Chappell’s grandson Neco Williams.
Federal investigators say it could take weeks before they know what happened, but are incriminating some possibilities.
“No mechanical defects or deficiencies were noted.”
“After ruling out mechanical failure…Investigators are looking into whether Chappell had a medical emergency that led to the crash.”
The motor vehicle administration says Chappell’s license lapsed because he failed to turn in medical certification.
“The bus did not stop at all. There was no breaks. I don’t think he ever put his breaks on.”
A viewing for Ebonee baker will be this Wednesday evening, at the Calvin B. Scruggs Funeral Home on East Preston street.
The bus company he worked for AA Afordable has come under fire. Meantime, the City Schools CEO is calling for a full review of transportation safety policies.