Shanna Shaw, the MBTA operator who crashed a bus through an overpass guard rail leaving it hanging over the Mass. Pike, has been fired after allegedly using her cell phone while driving, The Boston Globe reported, citing an anonymous official.
Shaw, 42, was arraigned on obstruction of justice charges earlier this week after being accused of lying to investigators about the crash. She allegedly told them she did not have a cell phone with her at the time of the incident, but surveillance footage from the bus showed that she appeared to have a phone in her hand. She claims a sneezing attack is to blame for the accident that hospitalized seven passengers.
According to MBTA policy, operators are not allowed to have cell phones with them while working. The Globe report said Shaw is the 15th MBTA employee fired under the phone policy.
The firing comes after Shaw had previously had her bus driver certificate and driver’s license revoked. The MBTA had also suspended her without pay before the decision to fire her.