Ongoing Background Investigation Continues With New York Bus Accident

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Bus DriverThe fatal bus crash that left 15 dead during last Saturday's accident on Interstate 95 near the Westchester County-Bronx border has spurred further investigation into the background of the driver.  "Given Ophadell Williams' criminal record and driving history, I have directed the New York state inspector general to commence an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding how Mr. Williams was able to obtain and retain a commercial driver's license," according to New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Williams was convicted of manslaughter for his role in a stabbing in 1990 and served more than two years, the state Department of Correctional Services said. He served about three years, from 1998 through the middle of 2002, for grand larceny for taking an $83,905 check from a Police Athletic League fund, said Linda Foglia, a correctional services spokeswoman. Williams used aliases in both those cases.

Drivers that hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) must undergo a comprehensive background check, driving record check, medical screen, pre-employment and random drug tests as required by the Department of Transportation (DOT).  This incident leaves many unanswered questions of how Mr. Williams was able to maintain such a license.  EBI works with many companies and conducts in-depth background checks, medical, and drug test services so employers can adhere to DOT compliance measures.