Records: Driver in deadly school bus crash had license suspended 14 times

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The bus driver involved in a deadly school bus crash in Morris County last week has had his driver’s license suspended 14 times, according to records from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

The MVC says that 77-year-old Huddy Muldrow’s most recent license suspension was Dec. 20 to Jan. 3. Muldrow has also been issued eight speeding violations, was cited for an improper turn violation in 2010 and has also received a careless driving ticket.

At the time of the crash Muldrow did not have any active points on his license and met all the requirements to get a CDL license to operate a bus, such as having  a basic New Jersey driver's license, having 20/40 vision in each eye with or without glasses and being able to recognize red, green and amber colors.

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Muldrow was driving one of three buses for the Paramus Board of Education on May 17. Fifth-grade students from East Brook Middle School were heading to Waterloo Village in Stanhope for a class field trip when the bus collided with a dump truck. Student Miranda Vargas and teacher Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy were killed in the crash. Over 40 other children and adults, including Muldrow, were injured.

Investigators are looking into the possibility the Muldrow made an illegal U-turn on Interstate 80 near Exit 25 in Mount Olive after missing the exit for Waterloo Village. 

NJ.com reports that video from the Department of Transportation shows Muldrow attempting to make that turn through the median. News 12 New Jersey has not had a chance to independently review that video.

News 12 is waiting to hear from Paramus school officials for comment on Muldrow’s record. Muldrow has also not made any comment regarding the crash. He was released from the hospital Tuesday.

The National Safety Transportation Board, on Monday, held a hearing on school bus safety after two deadly school bus accidents in Tennessee and Maryland in 2016. The NTSB approved a recommendation that all new large school buses have lap-shoulder seat belts.

A student aboard the bus that crashed in New Jersey tells News 12 that students were wearing lap belts at the time of the crash.

The New Jersey State Police and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the crash.

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