• 16
  • March
    2011

Two recent accidents call to mind possible driver fatigue caused by unsafe work conditions.

The first bus accident happened over the March 12 weekend and killed 15 people. The second bus accident happened just after the first, and this one killed two people. Scores of passengers were injured. In both accidents, it appears as though bus driver negligence (or bus company negligence) was the likely culprit, as both accidents appear to have involved only the buses and no other vehicles.

In the first accident, the driver was a convicted felon with prior traffic violations. He originally told investigators that his bus was hit by a semi-truck, but passengers said that wasn't true. The bus flipped over on its side and rammed a pole. According to NBC News, the bus was "sheared in half."

In the second accident on March 14, the bus appears to have gone off the road, where it overturned. The driver went through the windshield and died, along with one passenger who was "partially ejected" from a window. As reported by NBC News, the company that operates the bus involved in the second accident has been cited repeatedly for unsafe driving and similar infractions.

An online reader's comment says: "As a bus driver I know the part fatigue plays in most bus accidents." And another comment says: "Sounds like they are pushing these drivers too hard, as in both of the last accidents they have ran off the road in some aspect."

Sources:

2 killed as tour bus crashes on N.J. turnpike

Driver in deadly bus crash has criminal record