MBTA bus driver in Newton crash won’t get license back

An MBTA bus hung over an overpass.
Nicolaus Czarnecki
An MBTA bus hung over an overpass.

The MBTA bus driver who lost her job and driver’s license after she drove her bus off the road in May, leaving a wheel dangling over the Massachusetts Turnpike, will not have her driving privileges reinstated, a state board has ruled.

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Shanna Shaw.

Shanna Shaw asked the Divison of Insurance Board of Appeal last Thursday to reinstate her driver’s license so she could run errands for her children, drive to doctor’s appointments, and commute to a new job. An attorney argued Shaw posed an immediate threat to drivers, pointing to a record of 39 citations over two years.

Shaw was accused of having a cellphone in hand when her bus careered around a corner and slammed into the guardrail of a Newton overpass on May 18. She initially claimed a sneeze, rather than cellphone use, had led to the accident.


She was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle at a May arraignment in Newton District Court. At her hearing, appeal board chairwoman Kim Foster said she would not override the court’s decision.

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