Driver in Bus Crash Lacked Proper License: Police

Police say bus driver was not certified to drive a vehicle with air brakes

Philadelphia police say the driver of a bus that rolled on to its side, injuring more than a dozen day workers, didn't have the proper license to operate the vehicle.

Sixteen of the 22 workers on the bus were hospitalized and one remains in critical condition following Monday's 3 p.m. crash at the 2800 block of East Westmoreland Street in Port Richmond.

The bus was exiting I-95 north at the Allegheny/Castor Avenue off-ramp when, according to the driver’s account to police, the driver had trouble breaking and he lost control of the vehicle.

Police said Tuesday the driver wasn't certified to drive a vehicle with air brakes.

Officer Mark Menke says it appears the crash was caused by a malfunctioning air compressor on the re-purposed school bus that is owned by Del Val Staffing.

The workers were returning to Philadelphia from a Belmawr, N.J. snack food plant when the bus crashed.

Police have not released the driver's name.

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