Bus firm, sleep-deprived driver cited in fatal crash
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.