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Butler Bus Driver Sentenced In Fatal Crash With Train

March 14, 2014

A bus driver from Butler who was charged in a fatal collision between his bus and a train at an intersection in Evans City last spring was sentenced Thursday to house arrest and probation.

The sentence came in a plea bargain in which 60 year-old Frank Schaffner entered guilty pleas to charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.  Schaffner apologized to the victim’s families during Thursday’s proceedings in Butler County Court.  He was sentenced to one year of house arrest, five years of probation and 400 hours of community service.

Prosecutors say Schaffner was traveling through fog in late April, 2013, and did not stop nor slow down at the train crossing.  The bus was hit by a train and was dragged for about fifteen feet.  91 year-old Claudette Miller, from Callery, was killed in the crash, and 88 year-old John Burkett, from Zelienople, died a few days later at a hospice center.

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