MBTA Bus Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Newton Crash

Shanna Shaw was arraigned Tuesday on obstruction of justice charges at Newton District Court.
Shanna Shaw was arraigned Tuesday on obstruction of justice charges at Newton District Court. –The Boston Globe

Shanna Shaw, who was driving an MBTA bus that crashed through a guard rail and was left hanging over the Mass Pike, pleaded not guilty today to charges that she lied to police during the investigation, according to a report.

Shaw initially blamed the May 18 crash on a sneezing attack and told investigators she did not have a cell phone with her. During further questioning at the hospital, officers heard the phone go off in her purse. A review of surveillance footage from inside the bus also showed an object similar to a cell phone in Shaw’s hand at the time of the crash. Investigators have not found any evidence of calls or texts being sent around the time of the incident, and Shaw claims she was only moving her phone, not using it.

An MBTA bus partially hangs off a overpass above the Mass Pike westbound in Newton after a crash. —Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO
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Shaw was also cited for speeding, driving to endanger, and impeded operation. After the incident, the MBTA suspended her without pay, the State Department of Public Utilities revoked her bus driver certificate, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked her driver’s license.

Eight people, including Shaw, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the crash.

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