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School Bus Driver Involved in Fatal Crash Not Properly Licensed Per Investigation

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, a school bus driver involved in a December 2014 accident did not possess the proper Tennessee Commercial Driver License (CDL) endorsement to operate a school bus by himself. The bus driver in question is 67-year-old Joe Gallman, who was driving School Bus 57 at the time of the accident. Per the Tennessee Department of Safety, he possessed a learner’s permit and could only operate a school bus when accompanied by a fully licensed driver, protocol he failed to follow at the time of this wreck. His driving record has also come under recent scrutiny. Records indicate he was cited for speeding in December 2013 and November 2009. Following the accident, the company that owns Bus 57 “voluntarily terminated” its contract with Knox County Schools. Three people in Bus 57 passed away as a result of this wreck.
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Source: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/watchful-eye/state-driver-in-fatal-crash-not-licensed-to-operate-school-bus_12185622