Bus Driver Admits to Fatigue in Fatal Crash

A Greyhound bus driver was fatigued while driving when he plowed into safety barrels on a Northern California highway and flipped the bus on its side, killing two women and sending at least eight other people to the hospital.

The driver, one of the eight who was sent to the hospital, stopped for a caffeine break at the last stop before the wreck, about 30 miles south in Gilroy, according to the California Highway Patrol. The bus carrying 20 passengers hit barrels and then rolled onto the central divider of U.S. 101 in San Jose, a major commuting thoroughfare.

According to the Sleep Foundation and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimate reveals approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes result from driver fatigue annually. This conservative estimate translates to approximately 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in associated financial losses. It is extremely difficult to monitor fatigue and stronger regulations regarding rest time for such drivers should be implemented.

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