Bus company defends drive charged with locking up passenger

Connecticut

Wendy Alberty (Connecticut State Police)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts bus company that employs a driver charged with intentionally locking a passenger in the vehicle’s luggage compartment is coming to the driver’s defense.

Christopher Crean, head of safety and security at Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines, says driver Wendy Alberty is an “exemplary” employee who has “received many customer commendations” for safe driving and service.

Related: Police: Bus driver arrested after locking woman in luggage compartment

Crean says he doesn’t think Alberty intentionally locked the 32-year-old Long Beach, New York woman in the luggage area.

Peter Pan has suspended the 49-year-old Alberty, who has worked for the company since 2012.

Connecticut State Police pulled over the bus in Union, Connecticut on Sunday after getting a 911 call from the trapped woman. Alberty is charged with unlawful restraint.

The bus was en route from New York City to Boston.

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