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March 25, 2013

Driver was clean, report finds

JOHNSTOWN — The Seton Hill community still mourns the sudden death of a beloved coach and her unborn son, killed when a Davidsville charter bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and into a tree near Carlisle on March 16.

The investigation into what caused the 61-year-old driver, Anthony Guaetta of Westmont, to lose control of the bus continues. A toxicology report returned Monday showed no drugs or alcohol in Guaetta’s system, so officials will be pursuing other angles of inquiry.

“It’s a big question mark,” said Charley Hall, Cumberland County coroner.

Charter bus drivers submit not only to federally mandated drug testing programs, but also yearly physical examinations to determine fitness for the job. Hall added that state police will be conducting witness interviews to get a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the accident.

On Thursday, an injured Seton Hill athlete filed suit against the bus operator, Mlaker Charter and Tours, for negligence. She’s represented by Shanin Specter of the Philadelphia-based law firm Kline & Specter.

“The driver is obligated under Pennsylvania law to keep control of this vehicle at all times,” he said. “Regrettably, he did not. And that’s negligence, per se.”

 

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