Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - First Transit is now responding to allegations that drivers were not properly screened during the hiring process.

Following the arrest of two Tiger Ten Transit Drivers accused rape and sodomy , many people on social media began questioning the pre-employment screenings of the drivers. 

Facebook users began to point to a public profile with the name Tony Patillo (same name and picture as the Tony Patillo that was arrested) discussing what it takes to be a transit driver.

The post said:

First Transit has responded to these allegations and assert that transit drivers are subject to pre-employment background screenings and random drug and alcohol tests throughout their employment.

"Both of these former employees were qualified to drive according to our standards and the regulations of the state of Alabama," says Senior Director of Corporate Communications for First Transit Chris Kemper.According to Kemper, both drivers have been removed from service and that the termination process has begun.

The following statement from First Transit is below:

"At First Transit, we are greatly troubled by the events of Friday night. The safe and reliable transportation of our passengers is our highest priority. It is a responsibility we take very seriously. The drivers were immediately removed from service and we are initiating the termination process. We continue to work with the Auburn police department and the university; we are also conducting our own internal review."



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