2nd Death After Freight Train Collides With Bus

Tuesday, May 7, 2013  |  Updated 9:29 AM EDT
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2nd Death After Freight Train Collides With Bus

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A second passenger has died in the wake of a rural Pennsylvania transit bus for senior citizens and people with disabilities that was hit by a freight train last month.

The Beaver County Times reports John Burkett, 88, died Saturday at a hospice center after previously spending several days in a hospital trauma unit after the April 26 crash.

Claudette Miller, 91, of Callery, died later that day.

Evans City police are still investigating the crash involving the Butler Area Rural Transit bus that was carrying 10 people for a program run by Alliance for Nonprofit Resources in Butler.

Police have said they believe thick morning fog may have contributed to the crash at the unmarked crossing about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Earlier, reports revealed that a search warrant found that the bus driver, Frank Schaffner, 59, had mismatched pills. Schaffner's defense Michael Pawk told 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.

 


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