US regulators seek audit of Baltimore school bus unit

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is recommending an independent audit of the Baltimore schools’ transportation department after a crash that killed six people.

The agency made recommendations Tuesday to state and city school officials as a result of its investigation of the November collision between a school bus and a transit bus. The school bus driver and five people on the transit bus were killed. No students were on board the school bus.

The school bus driver had been in at least 12 crashes in the past five years. He had a history of health issues, including a recent seizure.

In addition to the audit, the agency said the state should mandate that it be notified when drivers are found to be not qualified to drive during pre-employment screenings.