Investigation into Fatal Bus Crash Ongoing

WALTHAM - Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Waltham Chief of Police Kevin O’Connell have confirmed that the investigation into the fatal crash that occurred on Saturday night in Waltham remains ongoing at this time.

Since the time of the crash investigators have been able to learn some additional information.  However, many details are still under investigation.

At approximately 10:32 p.m. a shuttle bus operated by Joseph’s Transportation was traveling on South Street in Waltham when it struck a tree. When police arrived on scene they located 30 passengers and the driver of the bus.  One of passengers, identified as Vanessa Mark, 25, was pronounced dead on scene.  The remaining passengers, and the driver, a 57-year-old man, were all transported to multiple hospitals with varying degrees of injuries. At least one of the surviving passengers sustained possibly life threatening injuries.

The subsequent investigation has revealed that the passengers on the bus were mostly from Brandeis University but also included students from other schools.  The shuttle was operating a routine route from the Boston and Cambridge area and was traveling back to Brandeis University at the time of the crash.  While some students reported they had attended a hockey game at Northeastern University, not all students were on the shuttle for that purpose and the bus was not chartered for any specific event.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Waltham Police and Massachusetts State Police are continuing to actively investigate the crash including working with the State Police Crash Reconstruction Section, interviewing witnesses and collecting any additional evidence.  There is no evidence that the bus rolled at the time of the crash.

This remains an evolving situation and investigators are still seeking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this accident or has any information or video of the crash.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Waltham Police Department at (781) 314-3600.