The tragic Greyhound bus accident that killed two people is still under investigation. Nevertheless, reports have been showing that the driver behind the wheel of the bus admitted to being fatigued prior to the incident.
The bus driver was one of the eight people who were sent to the hospital as a result of the crash. Before the vehicle crashed against safety barrels on the 101 and flipped on its side, the driver stopped for a caffeine jolt at a stop about 30 miles south of Gilroy. According to the California Highway Patrol, the man claimed he was fatigued and that he decided to get some coffee as he dropped two passengers in the area.
The bus was carrying 20 passengers at the time of the crash. Once the vehicle hit the barrels, it rolled onto the center divider of the 101 in San Jose. At least one person suffered major injuries while three others were injured but moderately. Two people died. Several others were mildly injured and were treated at the scene.
One of the passengers told KCBS Radio that the driver seemed to be nodding off after stopping briefly for coffee. According to the passenger’s statement, the driver was “weaving and jerking the wheel a little bit and I knew it wasn’t going to end up well.”
According to the passenger’s testimony, the scene was shocking and traumatizing. After he and his girlfriend were able to crawl out of the bus, he saw several people lying face down on the concrete.
The company reported that its drivers are required to rest 9 hours before hitting the road. The vehicle left Los Angeles at 11:30 but the accident happened early Tuesday morning.
At this time, investigators are looking into the evidence they have at hand in order to identify the factors that led to the crash. No further details were provided by the CHP.
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