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MBTA Fires Bus Driver Involved in Newton Crash

Newton, MA 052714 MBTA bus driver Shanna S. Shaw (cq) was arraigned on obstruction of justice charges at Newton District Court, Tuesday, May 27 2014. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section: Metro slug: 28busdriver reporter: Martine Powers
MBTA bus driver Shanna S. Shaw was arraigned on obstruction of justice charges at Newton District Court, Tuesday, May 27.Wendy Maeda/Boston Globe

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.

Newton, MA: An MBTA bus dangles from a bridge in Newton Corner. The office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is investigating the cause of a dramatic MBTA bus crash this morning that hurt eight people and left the massive vehicle dangling over the Massachusetts Turnpike for hours.
Newton, MA: An MBTA bus dangles from a bridge in Newton Corner. The office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is investigating the cause of a dramatic MBTA bus crash this morning that hurt eight people and left the massive vehicle dangling over the Massachusetts Turnpike for hours.Newton Fire Dept.

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.

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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.

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