Bus driver who veered off bridge, refused test is suspended

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NEW YORK (AP) – The driver of a New York City bus that plunged from a bridge has been suspended after refusing to undergo a drug and alcohol test, a regional public transport agency.

The 55-year-old driver was “retained from unpaid service” following the dramatic accident, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Saturday. His name has not been made public.

Seven passengers sustained minor injuries after part of the articulated bus fell 50 feet (15.2 meters) onto a freeway ramp. The other half remained on the bridge. No other vehicle was involved.

The MTA said speed appeared to be a factor in the crash. The driver took a breath test at the scene, but then refused to undergo a drug and alcohol test at the hospital, said Patrick Warren, the chief safety and security officer of the MTA.

The driver, who drove his regular route, has over 11 years of service and a good safety record, the MTA said.

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