2 Hospitalized After UA Transit Bus Runs Red Light, Police Say

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Two people were hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after a Razorback Transit bus ran a red light and hit their vehicle earlier this week, according to a crash report released Friday by the Fayetteville Police Department.

The bus driver, Kari McCawley, was placed on administrative leave with pay indefinitely during the investigation. Fayetteville police and Razorback Transit are investigating the wreck., said University of Arkansas spokesman Mark Rushing.

McCawley suffered minor injuries in the wreck. She was cited on suspicion of careless driving, police said.

A police report states McCawley was driving the bus southbound on Leverett Avenue when she ran a red light and collided with a vehicle driven by Stephanie Isfalt, of Farmington, at the intersection with Sycamore Street. Isfalt was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center after complaining of pain in her left side and neck, according to the crash report.

Isfalt’s passenger, Lucas King, of Fayetteville, also complained of injuries to his left side and was hospitalized, the report states.

The bus driver told police her light was green the last time she looked at it, but she turned to speak to a rider on the bus, according to the crash report. The bus had about 12 riders on board. No injuries to bus riders were reported.

The crash caused an estimated $9,000 in damage to Isfalt’s vehicle and $8,000 in damage to the UA transit bus. McCawley was not impaired and “appeared normal,” police said.

This is the second crash this year involving a Razorback Transit bus where the bus driver may have broken the law. A seven-year-old boy was struck by a UA bus in February and suffered critical injuries. On-board video released by the university showed the driver in that case was speeding, but the driver was not cited by police.

University officials said police cleared the driver in February’s case of any lawbreaking, although video showed the driver was traveling 10 miles over the speed limit.

Rushing said the university has not had a driver at-fault in a crash investigation in at least 10 years, during which time UA drivers logged about six million miles of drive time.

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  • ozarkobjectivefodder

    You get what you pay for. The UofA pays sub-par compensation for inexperienced commercial drivers, so as a result, you attract, and retain, well, a lower class of unskilled drivers-the same quality of what you have here, someone that doesn’t have what it takes to operate a coach safely. The University has high turnover with drivers-very unprofessional. I can test these drivers with a required Federal mandated FMCSA DOT pre-trip, and I promise most of these drivers would fail it. Arkansas Commercial Motor Carrier Enforcement should pay them a visit-these drivers have had mediocre training at best. If your drivers don’t know the Smith System or haven’t been road tested by a higher learning credentialed agency or institution, then you’re potentially rolling dice by riding the bus. These drivers are uneducated and have had no formal training, trust me. These guys are unsafe and unskilled operators. Oh yeah, $12 an hour is the same pay as an entry level industrial and manufacturing fork-lift driver, and that’s what the UofA pays for an experienced route driver. Now tell me again, who wants to drive a bus? The wheels on the bus go…

  • Richard Razinha

    Hey ozark. Do you drive for ozark? If so, yall ain’t got no room to talk. I’ve seen ozark drivers three times worst. They cut people off and speed just as much or more than u of a. Nice try with your rant.

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