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Greyhound driver was unconscious before accident

A Greyhound bus driver who was involved in an accident in which a minimum of 35 people were injured has no memory of the last mile of the trip and was apparently unconscious before the crash. The accident occurred in southwest Ohio about 25 miles from Cincinnati on September 14 when the driver was seen by passengers slumped over the wheel with the bus traveling on an interstate highway before it flipped over.

The 64-year-old driver was questioned by officers of the Ohio Highway Patrol and issued a citation for losing control of his vehicle, which ran off the road. He has worked for Greyhound for approximately 15 years. As with many Ohio car accidents, the investigation continued after the crash. Lab test results are still pending. Officers have not indicated whether they suspect that drug or alcohol use were contributing factors in the accident. In many accidents involving commercial drivers, fatigue is also a factor.

A company like Greyhound has a legal duty to make sure that its drivers are not intoxicated, drug impaired or overly fatigued, for the safety of their passengers. The fact that the driver lost consciousness before the crash could also possibly be the result of a medical condition that might mean he should not be entrusted with driving others. Personal injury lawsuits might be brought against both the bus company and the driver in cases similar to this, and could play an important role in both compensating the injured and in deterring similar accidents.

The bus was carrying 51 passengers at the time of the crash, which occurred at approximately 4 a.m. The bus hit a fence and then a tree before rolling over on its side, injuring many. Some passengers suffered concussions, broken bones, and/or other internal injuries. Luckily, none of the injuries suffered were considered life threatening by medical authorities. In one instance, a woman suffered a broken arm in which the bone was protruding out from her body. Passengers described the scene of the accident as terrifying and chaotic, with bodies thrown all about, and much yelling and screaming.

Source:  The Republic, "Ohio patrol: Bus driver said doesn't remember last mile before crash injured 35" Dan Sewell and Lisa Cornwell, Sep. 26, 2013

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