ATLANTA - The driver of a hotel shuttle bus that slammed into a tractor-trailer last Friday had no commercial driver's license, according to an accident report obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
Channel 2's John Bachman spent six days talking to managers of the shuttle bus company and local police trying to determine if the driver had the proper qualifications.
A woman who worked at MTI Limo and Shuttle Services contacted Bachman shortly after the crash with startling accusations that appear to be backed by the police report.
Chrysanthevonne Glenn said she worked with driver Yolanda Boles.
"She does not have a Class B license. She does not have a passenger endorsement," Glenn told Bachman.
Glenn was fired by MTI minutes before she talked to Bachman. MTI Human Resources Director Atrice Baker also showed up at the interview.
"I don't have any comment on the accident, because just like Ms. Glenn, she does not have her facts straight or all the evidence. That accident is still under investigation," Baker told Bachman.
The shuttle bus, loaded with 16 passengers and Boles, slammed into the truck on North Loop Road on Friday morning. Everyone on the bus was taken to hospital. They have since been released.
College Park police told Bachman they have questions about Boles' license. MTI General Manager Mike Toye told Bachman over the phone that he didn't have Boles' records in front of him, but knew Boles had a learner's permit for a commercial license for a while.
Georgia law states that a commercial-license learner's permit requires another commercially licensed driver to be on the bus, but police say no other MTI employees were on board with Boles.
"I have no bone to pick with Yolanda. I have even, back years ago, I've even tried to help Yolanda to study for the test so she could pass the test," Glenn said.
Bachman reached out to Boles and left a message with a woman who answered the phone. Bachman also questioned MTI's general manager, HR director and attorney about Boles' driver's license status, but all three said they could not answer that question.