Bus Company Defends Driver Charged With Locking Up Passenger

August 06, 2019 - 10:37 am

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WTIC and AP) - The Massachusetts bus company that employs a driver charged with intentionally locking a passenger in the vehicle's luggage compartment is coming to the driver's defense.  

Christopher Crean, head of safety and security at Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines, says driver Wendy Alberty is an ``exemplary'' employee who has ``received many customer commendations'' for safe driving and service.  

Crean says he doesn't think Alberty intentionally locked the 32-year-old Long Beach, New York woman in the luggage area.  

Peter Pan has suspended the 49-year-old Alberty, who has worked for the company since 2012.  

Connecticut State Police pulled over the bus in Union, Connecticut on Sunday after getting a 911 call from the trapped woman. Alberty is charged with unlawful restraint.  

The bus was en route from New York City to Boston.

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