Bus firm, sleep-de­prived driver cited in fa­tal crash

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION -

2 LOS AN­GE­LES >> A se­verely sleep-de­prived driver and a bus com­pany with a poor safety record were causes of an Au­gust 2016 crash in Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Val­ley that killed four pas­sen­gers and in­jured 20 oth­ers, in­clud­ing the driver, fed­eral safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Mon­day.

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board said the driver had slept only 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 onto the high­way.

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