Fa­tigue, poor reg­u­la­tion led to bus crash

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/State -

LIV­INGSTON (AP) — A se­verely sleep-de­prived driver and a bus com­pany with a poor safety record were causes of an Au­gust 2016 crash in near Liv­ingston killed four pas­sen­gers and in­jured 20 oth­ers, in­clud­ing the driver, fed­eral safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Mon­day.

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board said the driver had only slept about five hours over the 40 hours pre­ced­ing the Aug. 2, 2016 crash. The bus trav­el­ing from Los An­ge­les to Modesto drifted off the right side of Route 99 and struck a high­way sign­post that nearly sliced the bus from nose to tail. There were no signs the driver tried to stop or steer back on the high­way.

The NTSB said a con­tribut­ing cause was in­ad­e­quate over­sight by the fed­eral agency reg­u­lat­ing bus safety that al­lowed Fresno-based Au­to­buses Co­or­di­na­dos USA Inc. to con­tinue op­er­at­ing de­spite a poor safety record. It called on the Fed­eral Mo­tor Car­rier Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion to change its rat­ing sys­tem to make sure com­pa­nies ei­ther fix se­ri­ous safety is­sues or be taken off the road.

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