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Update on Investigation into Accident at 12th and Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI – The investigation into a May 15th bus accident at 12th and Wisconsin has wrapped up. The investigation shows that Calvert Campbell, the bus driver, failed to apply the brake and instead accidently accelerated through the intersection and into a Marquette University building. Five passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. Campbell and three passengers reported injuries that were not life threatening.

MCTS and an independent engineer performed an extensive review of the bus. They looked at bus brakes, the engine and service records and found everything was working properly. Jeff Peterson, the independent engineer from Skogen Engineering Group, found:

“No mechanical defects were found during our inspection of the bus that pre-existed the accident.”

Further evidence of the cause was discovered in surveillance video released by Marquette University. The video shows the bus drive through the intersection and into the building without the rear brake lights ever illuminating.

On bus video of the accident

Prior to this accident, Campbell, 59, drove for 12 years without any accidents. Campbell is being taken off the road for at least six months. During that time, he will be part of the team that cleans the buses at night and fills them up with fuel. He will not drive any routes or any buses in service. At the end of six months, he will be reevaluated.  

Click here to see previous information on the accident.