Fatigue, poor regulation led to bus crash
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.