NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
Seven people, including the driver, were injured Sunday when an MBTA bus veered off the road and nearly onto the Mass. Pike and a passenger on the bus told 7News he could tell the bus was headed for trouble.
“She was going too fast, I sensed it, I grabbed the seat in front of me because I knew we were going to be tossed around a little bit,” the man who asked not to be identified said.
Seconds after he grabbed the seat the bus was hanging over the side of the overpass with nine passengers and the driver inside.
The man said he saw the driver fall out of her seat when the bus stopped, an indication that she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt.
According to a police affidavit surveillance video shows the driver, Shanna Shaw, falling to her right and onto her back on the floor of the bus before hitting the guardrail.
“She was reckless, reckless, imperiled people on the bus, herself and people below on the turnpike,” the passenger said.
Shaw reportedly told police she sneezed and then lost control of the bus as she turned on to the Washington Street overpass.
The passenger said he didn’t notice that.
“The bus started to drift right, she started to lose control of it, and then overcompensated by jerking the wheel to the left. I don't want to judge her, she made a terrible mistake and it could have been much, much worse,” he said.
Police say Shaw had her cell phone in her hand at the time of the crash, a violation of MBTA policy.