Bus driver waives hearing in Evans City train collision case
By Bill Vidonic
Published: Monday, July 29, 2013, 2:33 p.m.
A bus driver involved in a deadly April collision with a freight train at an Evans City rail crossing waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday on manslaughter, homicide and related charges.
Frank Schaffner, 59, of Butler Township, is not negotiating a plea agreement, said his attorney Mike Pawk of Butler.
Schaffner remains free on $15,000 unsecured bond.
The April 26 crash killed passengers Claudette Miller, 91, of Callery and John Burkett, 88, of Zelienople. Eight other passengers were injured. Schaffner was treated and released from a hospital.
Schaffner was driving a 12-seat bus for Butler Area Rural Transit, operated by the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, a support agency for nonprofit groups.
Evans City police said that video of the crash from cameras on the bus shows Schaffner didn't stop at the rail crossing on Maple Avenue, which does not have gates or warning lights. Police said passengers heard and saw the train approaching.
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