PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police performed inspections on tour buses headed to the Rivers Casino on the North Shore Monday afternoon.
They found one driver who didn’t have the training to be behind the wheel. The man drove a busload of 50 passengers to Pittsburgh from Ohio.
“He’s not trained and obviously, the wreck that occurred in … New York where all those people were killed, there were issues with that guy’s license,” Pittsburgh Police Officer Tom Jacques said. “So, this is the kind of reason why we do these inspections while we’re ensuring the safety of people coming in and out of the city of Pittsburgh.”
The bus had more than driver trouble. The spare tire was bald and the fire extinguishers were underneath the bus. Police described them as missiles. The driver said he had a license to drive and the bus was safe.
The Rivers Casino wants these inspections. They make the charter companies use more insurance because they want safer buses.
“We are working with the casino hand-in-hand, we’re stopping unsafe problems like this,” Jacques said.
Another driver with the right training was brought in to take the gamblers back to Ohio.