Hotel shuttle bus owner faces charges in crash

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - The owner of a hotel shuttle bus is facing charges after a crash near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport last month.

Investigators said the MTI Limo and Shuttle Services bus skidded nearly 160 feet before crashing into the side of the tractor-trailer May 24. Seventeen people were injured in the crash, including the bus driver.

Channel 2’s Ashley Swann attended a Tuesday morning meeting, where College Park police laid out charges pending against both drivers and MTI’s owner. They said inadequate rear brakes, tire tread and brake fluid contributed to the crash.

“Obviously, had we seen this particular vehicle, if it was in the condition that we found it in  …  it would have been out of service,” said Lt. Pete McCaleb with the state Department of Public Safety.

MTI owner Michael Toye and both drivers involved have been asked to turn themselves in at the College Park Public Safety building Tuesday.

Bus driver Yolanda Boles was charged with not having a proper license to drive the bus. Toye previously admitted to Channel 2 Action News that 15 of the company’s 75 drivers do not have commercial drivers’ licenses, but added that those drivers are not supposed to drive shuttle buses. He faces charges of allowing an unlicensed person to operate a vehicle and operating unsafe vehicles.

Boles is also charged with operating an unsafe vehicle and three counts of serious injury by motor vehicle. Police said she may also face speeding charges.

The tractor-trailer driver, Mario Cochran, is charged with improper U-turn and three counts of serious injury by motor vehicle.