The Butler Transit Authority (BTA) was saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Adam Fry. BTA, however, possesses limited information about the situation, as all drivers are employed by a third-party contractor who provides fixed-route services to BTA. Mr. Fry, along with all other drivers of BTA buses, was an employee of MV Transportation.
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Based upon conversations with MV Transportation, Mr. Fry was scheduled to work on September 17, 2021, and did report to work on that date. Several hours later, Mr. Fry began feeling unwell and was immediately removed from service and instructed to seek medical attention. Mr. Fry did not return to work after that date.
Masks are mandatory on all BTA buses, and such requirement is regularly communicated to staff and riders. BTA has provided masks and hand sanitizer for passengers on each vehicle.
BTA has taken all efforts to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers on the BTA buses, and will continue to place such safety as a top priority.
The MV Transportation team is deeply saddened by the death of one of our own team members this week. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the driver’s family and friends, including the many colleagues and passengers in the Butler region. MV has been the operations partner for Butler Transit since 2017.
We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and riders, including maintaining rigorous COVID-related safety protocols since the early days of the pandemic. These include but are not limited to providing masks and hand sanitizer to our employees, maintaining social distancing practices, conducting deep cleaning of work spaces and vehicles, and maintaining contact tracing and quarantine protocols. We require all employees to wear masks throughout their work day and, along with Butler Transit, support the FTA’s mask mandate on all public transportation, providing riders with masks when they do not have one of their own. Additionally, we have educated our workforce on the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination and have strongly encouraged them to be vaccinated.