ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has confirmed state officials have suspended a shuttle bus company’s operating authority following a crash that injured 17 people.
Officials with the Department of Public Safety told Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant they made the decision this week and MTI Limo and Shuttle Service pulled its vehicles off the road Thursday.
The decision means the company cannot transport passengers until it can prove to state investigators that its vehicles are safe, the drivers are medically qualified and they have the appropriate licenses. It includes every shuttle bus and limousine the company owns.
DPS officials told Diamant they took action based on an investigation that followed the shuttle bus crash on May 24.
Investigators said they found dozens of safety violations in the MTI fleet including bad brakes, bald tires, problems with emergency extis and lighting and drivers license violations.
"We are looking at this as an opportunity to address anything that the state and federal regulators require us to address," MTI spokeswoman Kimberly Krauter said . "We do believe we are going to pass this fully."
College Park police said an 18-wheeler attempting to make a U-Turn on North Loop Road was struck by a MCI shuttle carrying passengers from local hotels to the airport.
Investigators said the bus skidded nearly 160 feet before slamming into the tractor-trailer. All 16 passengers on the shuttle and the driver suffered injuries.
Both drivers have been charged.