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MBTA Bus Driver Who Nearly Drove Off Overpass Pleads Not Guilty

Shanna Shaw was allegedly using a cell phone at the time of the crash.

Shanna Shaw in court Tuesday. Credit: WHDH/7News
Shanna Shaw in court Tuesday. Credit: WHDH/7News
A MBTA bus driver who nearly drove off an overpass in Newton earlier this month—injuring eight people—pleaded not guilty to using a cell phone at the time of the crash.

Shanna Shaw was charged with speeding, operating to endanger, impeded operation, and obstruction of justice. Her driver's license was also suspended.

WHDH/7News reported that Shaw appear in court on Tuesday and declined to speak with reporters.

The crash happened May 18 on an overpass spanning the Massachusetts Turnpike. The bus slammed through a guardrail and the front end was hanging off the overpass.

Eight people—including the driver—were hurt. None of the injuries were considered serious.

Shaw was allegedly using a cell phone at the time of the crash.

The MBTA has a policy that prohibits drivers from using cell phones.

Shaw blamed the crash on a "sneezing attack," according to Boston.com.

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