Driver in Kawaiahao bus crash suffered medical problem

Roger Morton; President and General Manager of Oahu Transit Services
Roger Morton; President and General Manager of Oahu Transit Services

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The president of the company that runs The Bus said in his 30 years with the company he cannot remember a crash ever being caused by a driver experiencing a medical condition. Roger Morton, President and General Manager of Oahu Transit Services, said that changed Monday when a 44-year driver apparently suffered some sort of medical issue causing his bus to crash into a stone wall at the corner of Punchbowl Street and King Street.

Morton said the driver was headed makai-bound on Punchbowl Street when his bus failed to negotiate the turn onto King Street.

According to Morton some coworkers visited the driver in his hospital room Tuesday. Morton said the driver has leg injuries and is dealing with pain to his knees.

"Well he's a good driver. He's got a good safety record. He's been with us 5 1/2 years. He's 44-years old. He's just a good all around guy," Morton said.

According to Morton all 910 OTS drivers have to pass a physical every two years before getting behind the wheel.

"We have a very robust medical surveillance program. All employees must meet their CDL (commercial driver's license) requirements to be physically fit and able to drive. If an employee has any kind of an issue, maybe hyper tension or something like that, they'll be required to have a more frequent type of examination," Morton added.

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