Family members mourn, defend school bus driver killed in crash

Posted at 3:03 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 20:11:53-04

Glenn Chappell, the 67-year-old school bus driver killed in Tuesday's deadly crash, is being mourned by his family.

Chappell was the father of five and married to his wife, Denise Chappell, for around 45 years, according to his daughter, Maia Chappell.

No longer able to hug her father, Maia Chappell wears his tie around her neck. It's a way she can keep him close after Tuesday’s horrific accident took him from their family.

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“Tuesday morning, when my sister came knocking at the door, I called him because he's supposed to answer that phone and he didn't. But I had to see him to make sure because I still can't wrap my mind around it,” Chappell said.

Glenn Chappell died in the collision between a school bus and MTA bus at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on Frederick Avenue. Six people were killed in the crash, 10 others were injured.

No kids were on the bus at the time. Chappell was just starting his route for the day.

There's been some speculation that Chappell may have suffered a medical emergency. Maia Chappell said he didn't drink, didn't smoke, and was in good health for his age.

"The medical examiner will let us know what happened that's what I can tell you," she said.

She added that his co-workers said he was a stickler for safety.

“They always said how safe he always was. He always said 'safety first,' always had a smile,” she said.

That smile is on full display in family photos shared with ABC2.

“He was our superman. The hero of the family. He would rescue us no matter where, when, or how, he was there,” said Maia Chappell.

One example was when her sister called their father on Monday asking for his help to get a bee out of the car.

“She said that he was going to come from Columbia to Edgewood, Maryland just to get the bee out of her car. He's just our hero,” she said.

She added that's how they'll always remember the man who was there for them their whole lives.

“He is dearly loved. He will be immensely missed, and it hurts so bad. We're definitely devastated,” said Maia Chappell.

Chappell set-up a GoFundMe page in honor of her father

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