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State closes probe of NCSU bus driver's death

Posted May 11, 2012 3:29 p.m. EDT

— The state Department of Labor has closed its investigation of a North Carolina State University campus bus driver who died after complaining of fumes on the bus she was driving, officials said Friday.

Joann Sewell, 50, died Dec. 17, three days after she stopped the Wolfline bus she was driving and asked a man on the street to call 911.

Sewell's daughter said her mother had complained of fumes on her bus but that dispatchers told her to continue with her route.

An autopsy report released two weeks ago said Sewell died of pneumonia, and there was nothing in the report tying her death to carbon monoxide.

An investigation by the state Division of Occupational Safety "found no evidence of carbon monoxide exposure," Dolores Quesenberry, spokeswoman for the Department of Labor, said in a statement.

The department closed its case and didn't issue any citations to First Transit, the Cincinnati-based company that operates the Wolfline buses, Quesenberry said.