Driver in Deadly Bus Accident Had Mismatched Pills: Police

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    Police say in a search warrant that the driver of a rural western Pennsylvania transit bus for senior citizens and people with disabilities had pills with him that didn't match the container they were in.

    An elderly woman was killed and 10 other people hurt last week when a freight train hit the bus. Police said during the initial phase of the investigation that the bus appeared to enter the train crossing and stopped on the tracks.

    The train's engineer sounded a horn and tried to stop the train, but couldn't, according to police.

    Michael Pawk, the defense attorney for the bus driver, 59-year-old Frank Schaffner, tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the pills weren't medicines that impaired the driver, but rather antacid tablets and fiber supplements.

    Evans City police are not commenting on the warrant or the investigation into Friday's crash, except to acknowledge toxicology tests on Schaffner's blood are pending.

    Claudette Miller, 91, of Callery, died.

    Nine other passengers and Schaffner were hurt when the train hit the bus at an unmarked crossing about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

    Police have said they believe thick morning fog may have contributed to the crash.