Friends remember drivers killed in Baltimore bus crash

Posted at 6:29 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 19:00:15-04

The driver of the MTA bus involved in a deadly crash Tuesday morning in southwest Baltimore left behind a husband and four children, Baltimore Police said.

Ebonee Baker, 33, of Rosedale was driving bus No. 10, which travels from Dundalk to Catonsville and back, police spokesman T.J. Smith said.

“Seems by all accounts to have been a proud MTA employee,” Smith said.

So far, the cause of the crash has not been determined.

Six people were killed in the crash, and 10 others were injured. Police say the school bus rear-ended a gray Mustang before continuing down the 3800 block of Frederick Avenue and hitting the MTA bus.

Rev. Donald Wright, executive minister and assistant pastor of Greater Gathsemane Missionary Baptist Church, said Baker was a fixture at the church.

She married her husband, Antwan, at the church in 2010, and was active in the church choir and the young adult ministry.

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“She always came and she was just a great spirit,” Wright said. “She was one of those personalities that her presence commanded the room when she came in you knew she was there, just a smile bubbly personality. She always wanted to help people always wanted the best for people around her.”

Baker was a diehard Ravens fan, Wright said.

“We knew that if ebony would be here this Sunday that Ebonee would she would be purple and blacked out,” he said. “She loved the Ravens, whether they were good or bad she was a diehard Ravens fan.”

Wright said she was an amazing mother who took great care of her kids, keeping them involved and active in sports.

“We're really gonna miss Ebonee, she was a great part of our church, she was a gem, very special to the ministry her presence will be missed for a very long time,” Wright said.  

Glenn R. Chappell, 67, was driving the school bus involved in the crash.

Friends and coworkers remembered him as a friendly, kind man.

“He just was very friendly, talked to everyone in the neighborhood and very church going he advise you to go to church and get closer with the Lord, things like that,” Dorleen Smith of Baltimore said.

Tony Lawrence of Tony and Mary’s Gethsemane said he knew Chappell for around four to five years.

“He used to come and stop in my store every morning to get a cup of coffee and we'd sit around and chat chew the fat for a couple of minutes then he would say I'm off to work I gotta go Tony talk to you tomorrow,” Lawrence said.

“He was a real friendly guy was an altruistic guy was always smiling always trying to have a pleasant conversation with somebody and real helpful, and children around here knew him pretty good too,” Lawrence said.

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