Driver who crashed bus on Parkway North suing, says steering system to blame
March 1, 2016 1:47 PM
Juliann Maier, 47, of Ross listens while her attorney, Joel Sansone, addresses the media in 2014.
By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A former bus driver charged with engaging in a "horseplay" road race with another bus driver on Interstate 279 and crashing her bus says the Port Authority improperly fired her for reporting after the crash that the vehicle's steering was malfunctioning.
Juliann Maier, 47, of Ross, sued the authority yesterday in U.S. District Court on a claim of retaliation.
Ms. Maier said the authority fired her Jan. 9 after she made a "good faith report of a hazardous safety condition" regarding the steering system on the bus she wrecked on Sept. 22 on Interstate 279.
She said in the suit that another driver had reported the same steering issue on the same bus and that she cited the steering issue in a report after the crash and was fired for it.
The Port Authority will not comment on pending legal cases.
Ms. Maier and another driver, Thomas Frauens, are charged with reckless driving and other driving offenses in connection with the incident in September. Mr. Frauens is also charged with failing to report an accident and leaving the scene after Maier's bus smashed through a guardrail and plunged over a hillside.