DART driver in violent Tollway crash fired

DART driver in violent Tollway crash fired

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The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) released raw video Thursday of a DART van slamming into the back of a sedan, leading to a multi-vehicle wreck on the Dallas North Tollway. The five-vehicle crash Friday afternoon injured two people, including 28-year-old Jose Sepulveda, a husband and father from Dallas. "When I see the video, I think it's a miracle that my son is still with us," said Rosa Sepulveda, the victim's mother. "It's something you can't believe how lucky he is that he's still alive."

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Posted on July 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM

DALLAS - DART released a statement Monday night saying the driver of the paratransit van that ran into stopped traffic, causing a five-vehicle accident and a massive traffic backup, is no longer employed by Veolia Transportation, the company DART contracts for its paratransit van program.

However in the statement, DART said Veolia has told them the investigation into the crash found no evidence of a violation of the company's cell phone use, or drugs and alcohol policies. By law, all drivers are drug and alcohol tested immediately following serious accidents.

The company said the driver "had a good safety record in his more than 11 years of service until this accident," but "safety must always be our highest priority."

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